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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Do you have problematic neighbours? So do we! A midnight elephant visit resulted in some unasked for renovations this week...#kopelion #ngorongoro #whenelephantsvisit

Do you have problematic neighbours? So do we! A midnight elephant visit resulted in some unasked for renovations this week...#kopelion #ngorongoro #whenelephantsvisit ... See MoreSee Less

Whilst monitoring in the Ngorongoro Crater today, Roimen Leyla discovered this handsome pair relaxing by the lake. They are LK120 and LK117, both born to the Lake Pride, and now babas of the Munge Pride. A pair this good looking deserve proper names dont you think? Any suggestions?

Whilst monitoring in the Ngorongoro Crater today, Roimen Leyla discovered this handsome pair relaxing by the lake. They are LK120 and LK117, both born to the Lake Pride, and now "baba's" of the Munge Pride. A pair this good looking deserve proper names don't you think? Any suggestions? ... See MoreSee Less

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Arjun Dheernice manes!

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Karin OrselKing and Lord

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Cavaco Duarteare this guys sons of the warrior Morani who at the time was the pride male in 2005,2006, when they made the documentary planet carnivore- lions and hyenas...

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Samere FahimCaptain Hook & Captain Haddock

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Lorna HarveyZiggy and Stardust

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Claudia R AdkisonRedford and Newman or Robert and Paul.

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Tanur SButch and Cassidy. And then name the females Thelma and Louise 😱🌠⚡️

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Tina Louise DobsonI like Samere Fahim's suggestion. Also who puts posts up for Kopi Lion, is it Ingela?

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Tina Louise DobsonI meant Kope Lion.

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