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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Giraffe on menu, Nayomi &co in Irkaa valley
Nayomi and her pride - feasting on a young giraffe. Barney and Baz effectively brought it down,and the group of 12 lions finished the kill in 15 minutes. Barney & Baz are sons of Nosikitok (she taught them well) but now "lodging" with Nayomi's pride, Fortunately this is a "well-behaved" group, selecting wild prey whenever possible despite being surrounded by thousands of livestock.
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Mina KaridiI hope they will remain a "well-behaved group for their own safety. Such a delicate balance and it always shifts towards humans' profit😧

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Cathleen Susan Freeththat's one pack of lions injoyin a meal awesome video

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Cheryl Davies-CrookGreat to see them so well in the dry of this time of year. Any news on Katavi?

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Roswitha GantenbergWell-behaved indeed not to attack livestock.

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Donna SheppardHappy to see them enjoying the wild game!

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Brian PughFANTASTIC. Barney and Baz are big boys. Nosikitok taught them well. Amazing that Katavi tolerates 4 new subadult males - although he is almost certainly their father. Continue to keep them safe Kope. Thank you. Photo of Katavi, Nosikitok, and their 3 cubs (Baz, Babs and Barney). April 2015.

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Gerald GisiputNice video

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Justin RobertsSuch a wonderful dinner,

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As these young males grow into independence, the lion density at Ndutu increases. The Kope Lion Ilchukouti are kept busy too.

Kope Lion shared Ndutu Safari Lodge's photo.

As these young males grow into independence, the lion density at Ndutu increases. The Kope Lion Ilchukouti are kept busy too.
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Youngsters from Masek and Twin Hills Prides, turning into handsome males. Bob Johnson Photography #ndutusafarilodge #predatorseason #ilovelions

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Mina KaridiStay safe boys!

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