“It is my belief Foxlights have the potential of assisting in the saving of many endangered species around the world.” ~ Ian Whalan
Ian Whalan is a sheep farmer from Austrailia. He invented Foxlights so he could sleep through the night, because it was too bloody cold out there to check on the sheep. Before he invented Foxlights, he had no choice but to go out to scare off the foxes using flashlights. He noticed that the foxes would run away from the lights. In other words, this was where Ian Whalan got the idea to invent Foxlights in 2008.
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Foxlights mimic a human patrolling crops or livestock at night to keep predators away.
Foxlights are helping livestock producers coexist with snow leopards
“As these numbers indicate, snow leopards sometimes have a taste for domestic animals, which has led to killings of the big cats by herders. These endangered cats appear to be in dramatic decline because of such killings, and due to poaching driven by illegal trades in pelts and in body parts used for traditional Chinese medicine. Vanishing habitat and the decline of the cats’ large mammal prey are also contributing factors.”(Source: National Geographic)
Watch the following video of how Foxlights are being used for snow leopard conservancy in Nepal
Video Published on Jan 27, 2015! Shortened version of snow leopard conservancy video showing how Foxlights are being used in Nepal
Foxlights are saving lives in Africa
“Foxlights has the possibility to protect endangered animals. This tool is an inventive way to keep animals such as elephants and lions away from crops and livestock. This type of protection is new to Africa and has the potential to change the way people protect this type of endangered predator.” ~Ian Whalan
Watch the following video on how Foxlights are helping farmers keep African elephant out of their crops
Foxlights in Ireland are saving lives
Foxlights are saving lives in The USA
In Wildlife and Wolves, A Guide to Nonlethal Tools and Methods to Reduce Conflict by Defenders of Wildlife discusses How Foxlights stops human-wary predators from approaching, read on:
“A new device called the “Foxlight” avoids easily detectable patterns so that night predators do not quickly become accustomed to it. The Foxlight uses an intermittent series of lights in varying, random flash patterns to simulate human activity, such as someone moving a torch around, which stops human-wary predators from approaching.
Foxlights are still being tested in the field, but their effectiveness for reducing livestock losses appears to be short-term (30 days or less). Like other deterrents, Foxlights and similar devices may work best as a temporary deterrent or in tandem with other deterrents. Evidence also suggests that they may be more effectively used proactively to prevent predation rather than reactively to deter an ongoing problem.” (Source)
Foxlights saving lives in California
In the workshop Ranching With Wildlife Building Sustainable Communities, Preserving our Heritage flier, Project Coyote discusses how Foxlights are used successfully around the world, read on:
“Foxlights deter nighttime attacks by mimicking the appearance of a person patrolling pastures with a flashlight. Their dusk-to- dawn solar-powered sensors randomly flash LED lights at 360 degrees and can be seen up to a half mile away. Foxlights have been used successfully around the globe to protect livestock and crops from a variety of species including snow leopards, wolves, elephants, foxes and coyotes. Foxlights attach easily to existing fencing and are best placed where livestock bed down at night.” (source)
Contact information for Foxlights
FOXLIGHTS INTERNATIONAL PTY LTD
Address : 7/22-24 Sarsfield Circuit
Bexley North, N.S.W. 2207, Australia
Phone : +61 29150-9509
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email@example.com Let’s see what happens when Wisconsin begins using the 25 Foxlights they just purchased. I’ve been in contact with them and will keep track of how they are working to save the lives of wolves. ~Rachel Tilseth
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