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: Lions survive and thrive alongside human communities in Ngorongoro and other landscapes in northern Tanzania.
Mission: To enable lasting co-existence between people and lions in northern Tanzania.

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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Kope Lion

William Ole Seki is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Korongoro People's Lion Initiative (KopeLion) and uses his role and his culture to raise awareness around coexisting with lions and conservation in general.
William was born in Endulen, where his family have a long history belonging to the Korongoro people. As a boy, and a child of the community, he was taught to respect his elders and that community comes before an individual. Consequently, as he has grown through a passage of rites into the position of a very senior elder, community is still at the center of his world and guides his culture, traditions and identity.
Pursuing further education in philosophy, theology and with a degree in economic development, William feels that much of his knowledge additionally comes from living in Ngorongoro in a pastoralist society. He is able to look at issues from a wide perspective, and he is focused and passionate about improving the lives of his people and their poverty.
William is blessed with 12 children 6 boys and 6 girls; five of whom are already enrolled in University. With the community at the forefront of his life, William his family also provide custody and education support to 8 other children, two of whom are blind. This makes a large and happy family of 20!
KopeLion is grateful to be a part of William's large family and to have him working daily alongside us. Lion Recovery Fund Maliasili National Geographic Society #kopelion #ngorongorocrater #ngorongorolions #ngorongoroconservationarea
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William Ole Seki is a founder and member of the Board of Directors of the Korongoro Peoples Lion Initiative (KopeLion) and uses his role and his culture to raise awareness around coexisting with lions and conservation in general.
William was born in Endulen, where his family have a long history belonging to the Korongoro people. As a boy, and a child of the community, he was taught to respect his elders and that community comes before an individual. Consequently, as he has grown through a passage of rites into the position of a very senior elder, community is still at the center of his world and guides his culture, traditions and identity.
Pursuing further education in philosophy, theology and with a degree in economic development, William feels that much of his knowledge additionally comes from living in Ngorongoro in a pastoralist society. He is able to look at issues from a wide perspective, and he is focused and passionate about improving the lives of his people and their poverty.
William is blessed with 12 children 6 boys and 6 girls; five of whom are already enrolled in University. With the community at the forefront of his life, William his family also provide custody and education support to 8 other children, two of whom are blind. This makes a large and happy family of 20!
KopeLion is grateful to be a part of Williams large family and to have him working daily alongside us. Lion Recovery Fund  Maliasili National Geographic Society #kopelion #ngorongorocrater #ngorongorolions #ngorongoroconservationarea

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A father of many, maasai community speaker and conservation speaker, I really thrilled to earn from him,anyone who want to learn much about this world seat very close to William our father,may God bless you

William oleseki thank you very much for your work you did for all of us. May God grant you many years so that we enjoy your presence in this world Keep on never be tired to help others

Wow, huge respect for this man. Respecting elders and community before self…..something a large part of the world is forgetting…

A right person at a right time. Keeping impacting positive our culture and later people's lives through the work of KopeLion. Tobiko igol alakuyaa lai @Wiliam Oleseki

Hello to William. I always enjoy thought-provoking discussions with this iconic community leader!

blessing of god no one can block it. long live with your family

Very confident man. May God bless him.

Great story. Hongera William

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