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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The Lion Guardian Games is an annual event to celebrate, acknowledge the efforts and achievements, and provide further training and motivation for all Lion Guardians trained field staff. The Lion Guardians model is a participatory approach to human-carnivore conflict mitigation, synergising scientific and cultural knowledge through the employment of traditional warriors to monitor and protect lions. Each year, the Lion Guardians of Amboseli join together with the Ilchokuti of Ngorongoro (Kope Lion) and the Lion Defenders of Ruaha (Ruaha Carnivore Project) for a day of competition, prizes and much laughter. The event increases comradery, morale and commitment to the continued protection of lions.
August 19th 2017. #ndutusafarilodge #lionguardians #ruahacarnivoreproject #maasai #olympicgames #lions #kopelionPhoto: Penelope Rogers

The Lion Guardian Games is an annual event to celebrate, acknowledge the efforts and achievements, and provide further training and motivation for all Lion Guardians trained field staff. The Lion Guardians model is a participatory approach to human-carnivore conflict mitigation, synergising scientific and cultural knowledge through the employment of traditional warriors to monitor and protect lions. Each year, the Lion Guardians of Amboseli join together with the Ilchokuti of Ngorongoro (Kope Lion) and the Lion Defenders of Ruaha (Ruaha Carnivore Project) for a day of competition, prizes and much laughter. The event increases comradery, morale and commitment to the continued protection of lions.
August 19th 2017. #ndutusafarilodge #lionguardians #ruahacarnivoreproject #maasai #olympicgames #lions #kopelion

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Claudia R AdkisonWow! Would love to be there. When?

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Joan McNaughtonAs I have been to all 3 areas I wouldn't know who to cheer for ! Probably the guys from the Ndutu area (Kope Lion) but it would be hard! But seriously, what a fantastic, enormously important and successful program.

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Tanur SWish I could be there!!! Have fun .... And may the best man win hehehehe

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Patrizia RicciRonny, non sarebbe bello? L'ho già detto 'uffa'? :D

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Olais WilsonI wish I could be there...

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Twalib TW....love it...

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George Charles SedoyekaHope you will have good time in Ngorongoro!!!!! Miss you all!

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The Ndutu Safari Lodge was the place to be last night! Nosikitok and six of her pride mates paid their guests a visit and put on quite a show with all their roaring. As you can see from the map below, she was only 30m from the lodges campfire, much to the consternation of their night watchman! She has been recently seen mating with Remus and Romulus (the Masek pride males).

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The Ndutu Safari Lodge was the place to be last night! Nosikitok and six of her pride mates paid their guests a visit and put on quite a show with all their roaring. As you can see from the map below, she was only 30m from the lodge's campfire, much to the consternation of their night watchman! She has been recently seen mating with Remus and Romulus (the Masek pride males).
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Larysa NaroznyAWESOME !!!!

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Cheryl Davies-CrookFabulous!

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Susan RoganI have so many comments!!!! But fear you will block me again. Lol

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Ndutu Safari LodgeExciting and noisy!

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Rob BarbourYes not much sleep for us last night.

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Ronny RossatoPatrizia!!Ester! Miryam!!!

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John MrossoThat is reproduction! We will expect to see the results of their job! If they do a good job we have new members of this pride!

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Britt BergkvistNdutu Safari Lodge is always the place to be. I must get back some day.

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Donna SheppardOne of the best reasons for a bad night's sleep!

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Kinyonga Wa TanzaniaWaaaaaaauw Ndutu will always be my favourite place to stay 💓

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Karin OrselPoor watchman; keeping all of us safe with lions so close

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Peter HudsonNdutu lodge - the place to be!!! Excellent

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Reiner KoppLove Ndutu

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Reiner Kopp"poor" nightwatchman. Think heart is beating very fast

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Martin van LokvenSo hopefully there will be cubs again in November 😃

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