KopeLion – Ngorongoro


The lion – a symbol of wild Africa - is threatened. Across much of Africa, lions are in dramatic decline. Now, even the world’s most iconic king of the beasts – the Ngorongoro lions – are in danger.

This is KopeLion

KopeLion strives to foster human-lion coexistence in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Here intensifying human-wildlife conflicts has been tough on the lions. In the last decades, the lions have begun to disappear entirely from their former ranges, separating the famous Ngorongoro Crater lions from the Serengeti. The area’s mission for harmonious coexistence is collapsing, with both people and wildlife losing out. KopeLion was founded in 2011 with the aim to change this trend. By working directly with residents, KopeLion strives for sustainable human-lion coexistence in Ngorongoro for the benefit of both people and lions.

KopeLion, comprised of local experts and international scientists, employs former lion hunters to actively protect the remaining lions and reduce conflicts. Our work builds upon data collected over the last 50 years, representing the best-known, best-studied lions in the world. This offers the unique opportunity to measure the effects of our efforts on a population of lions, studied for generations.

Our Vision and Mission

Vision: Successful and locally driven human-lion coexistence in Ngorongoro.
Mission: Inspire and enable local action, using science and traditional knowledge, for managing and monitoring sustainable human-lion coexistence in a multi-use landscape.

How we do it

Protect lions: Our on-the-ground team prevents and stops lion killings.
Increase lion tolerance: We reduce conflicts by finding and retrieving lost livestock, help reinforce bomas, warn herders of lions’ presence, and offer wound treatment on injured livestock.
Study lions: We find lions and record observations for the long-term demography study. We recognize each lion and follow them throughout their lives. We study how they adapt to living among people, tracking their movements and activity, using GPS collars.
Engage with the communities: Our team are mainly locals. We provide employment, embracing traditional practices, working directly with the communities.
Study human-predator interactions: We survey where, when and why attacks on livestock happen and by what predator. Knowing livestock vulnerability to attack helps us design better mitigation strategies.
Combine and build skills: We maximise our impact and understanding of this human-lion interaction by combining modern techniques, science, and traditional ecological knowledge.
Share our knowledge: We compile, analyse and share our expanding knowledge in reports to authorities, peer reviewed publications, and public presentations.

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This April, the lovely Nomad Tanzanias Entamanu Lodge hosted KopeLion for our 2017 Visioning & Team Building workshop! Working in the beautiful surrounds of the Ngorogoro Crater highlands and being cared for by Nomad’s attentive team gave us the unique opportunity to move beyond our day-to-day work, expand our minds and think creatively about the KopeLion strategic plan for 2017. There was much planning and laughter (and the occasional yoga session) to motivate us in our goal to achieve peaceful co-existence between the lions and people of Ngorogoro. A big thankyou to Donna Sheppard  of Calgary Zoo for facilitating the meeting and to Nomad for their fabulous support!

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This April, the lovely Nomad Tanzania's Entamanu Lodge hosted KopeLion for our 2017 Visioning & Team Building workshop! Working in the beautiful surrounds of the Ngorogoro Crater highlands and being cared for by Nomad’s attentive team gave us the unique opportunity to move beyond our day-to-day work, expand our minds and think creatively about the KopeLion strategic plan for 2017. There was much planning and laughter (and the occasional yoga session) to motivate us in our goal to achieve peaceful co-existence between the lions and people of Ngorogoro. A big thankyou to Donna Sheppard of Calgary Zoo for facilitating the meeting and to Nomad for their fabulous support!
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Ainslie WilsonLooking forward to seeing and hearing about the plans for this year with Kope Lion

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Gunilla ÖstmanOh, how I wish I could join You!

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In March we were visited by Roman and Martina. Their @RomanWildlifeFoundation gave a generous donation to KopeLions continued work - which we earmarked towards our Ilchokuti salaries  for 2017. Among them is Kayanda, who protects and monitors lions in his home area in the Ngorongoro Crater highlands. Thank you! / Ingela & KopeLion team

In March we were visited by Roman and Martina. Their @RomanWildlifeFoundation gave a generous donation to KopeLion's continued work - which we earmarked towards our Ilchokuti salaries for 2017. Among them is Kayanda, who protects and monitors lions in his home area in the Ngorongoro Crater highlands. Thank you! / Ingela & KopeLion team ... See MoreSee Less

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Arjun DheerCongrats!

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