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 lovely Nosikitok (mothers milk in KiMaa) has another surprise for us! This photo came in from the field yesterday... Whilst she was spotted earlier this year nursing a leopard cub, it looks like she is sticking to her own species this time!Our partners at Panthera are taking part in #GivingTuesday (November 28) and asking supporters to vote now for their favorite wild cat story of the year at www.panthera.org/actforcats. If the story of Nosikitok and the leopard cub was your favorite, please vote for An Incredible First for Lions and Leopards. The winner will be announced on November 30.Photo: Roimen Lelya#GivingTuesday #pantheracats #kopelion #lions #lionconservation #ngorongoro

The lovely Nosikitok ('mothers milk' in KiMaa) has another surprise for us! This photo came in from the field yesterday... Whilst she was spotted earlier this year nursing a leopard cub, it looks like she is sticking to her own species this time!

Our partners at Panthera are taking part in #GivingTuesday (November 28) and asking supporters to vote now for their favorite wild cat story of the year at www.panthera.org/actforcats. If the story of Nosikitok and the leopard cub was your favorite, please vote for 'An Incredible First for Lions and Leopards'. The winner will be announced on November 30.

Photo: Roimen Lelya

#GivingTuesday #pantheracats #kopelion #lions #lionconservation #ngorongoro
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Bobby-Jo VialGreat news! Look forward to seeing Nosiktok in Feb hopefully and the wonderful Kope Lion team 🙂

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Oloiteeyo MbekureIs it possible to vote right now? Or it should be on 28 ?

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Lilian LepereGood New

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Rob BarbourHongera Nosikitok. Looking forward to meeting your babies.

2 weeks ago   ·  1
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Bee LinggWhat happened to the Leopard baby?

2 weeks ago

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Jeanann BarbourClever girl..... two more beautiful cubs. Hope to see them soon

2 weeks ago
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Liz Willette WolffLovely that she has another litter already!

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We all enjoy a warm cup of tea/coffee in the morning... and our Ilchokuti are no different! Preparing for a day of finding lions in Ndutu with a breakfast of sweet tea and sweet potato.
#kopelion #ilchokuti #lionconservation #ndutu #ngorongoro

We all enjoy a warm cup of tea/coffee in the morning... and our Ilchokuti are no different! Preparing for a day of finding lions in Ndutu with a breakfast of sweet tea and sweet potato.
#kopelion #ilchokuti #lionconservation #ndutu #ngorongoro
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Rob BarbourGood luck. Keep them safe.

1 month ago   ·  1
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Jeanann BarbourGreat start to a very worthwhile day. Thank you for your wonderful work

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