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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5 days ago

Kope Lion

Movements since one week from Noongoile (aka LK107) - a 9 year old lioness from the Lakes pride in the Crater. White lines on map are her movements in the last week, the red square is today's position. This Crater-living lioness has frequently been seen outside of the Crater and is part of a group that occasionally attacks livestock on the outer Crater slopes. We GPS collared her in January, with the main purpose of keeping a close tab of these lions and prevent conflict by warning herders of lion presence.
After many months in the Crater, raising 3 cubs with her pride sister, Noongoile ventured out of the Crater. They had a wildebeest in Malanja depression (black pin). Then headed to the livestock filled Crater rim, where Lazaro in our team managed to stop Noongoile's attempt to attack a cow (white pin). Now she seems to be headed back into the Crater - a place full of non-conflictual food, but with the dangers of other lions.
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Such important work you do! Thank you.


Proud of you team 🦁🦁🦁

Sorry,I have seen

Thanks for sharing,a lot of blessings,I you ask news of their three cubs

Nice and very promising job, keep monitoring these awesome creatures.

Nice to see

Habari Roimen, picha safi sana, hongera 😊

great work guys


So blessed you keep a close watch on these awesome animals. Thanks♥️

Thank you for your amazing efforts.

Good work

🙏🏻 good luck to them!!

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