BRIAN BASHAM, HOST: If you’ve ever tried to grow tomatoes, you know how hard it is to keep the squirrels from stealing them.
Pity the farmers of Botswana.
Some farm in a floodplain where 8,000 pound elephants come for water. Along the way, they trample the crops.
The solution is to reroute the elephants. But how?
Well, a scientist from Australia figured it out.
Tempe Adams thought that maybe elephants aren’t big fans of disco lights. The farmers offered to try out the idea. So Adams rigged a system of multicolored strobe lights to flicker on and off at night.
According to her research, published in a journal earlier this month, 75 percent of the time … the disco lights stopped the elephants from trampling the crops.
MR: Hey, I grew up in the 70s. I like disco.
BAHSAM: It’s The World and Everything in It.