Lopirr Buddha seen here as a cub and now as a young male. Photo Roimen Lelya/Ingela Jansson
Lopirr Buddha seen here as a cub and now as a young male. Photo Roimen Lelya/Ingela Jansson

Lopirr Buddha seen here as a cub and now as a young male. Photo Roimen Lelya/Ingela Jansson

After some years of following Nosikitok and her pride in Ndutu, her collar dropped off as per schedule in December, and we needed to find a new lion to follow. Roimen was aware of some young males roaming widely and to collar one of these males would give us an opportunity to warn people of their presence on a daily basis, enabling them to keep their livestock out of harm’s way and for us to keep an eye out for the lions and protect them on their travels through NCA.

Thanks to the KopeLion team and Dr. Wambura, one of the three brothers, who are together, was collared on the 4th of January between Ndutu and the Highlands, and due to his size was given the names Lopirr, which means the large one in Maa, and Buddha at the request of the Mansharamani family who has so generously supported KopeLion work.

Lopirr Buddha is originally from the Carter Lakes pride and is either the son of Noongoile or her Aunt. The gang has been currently pretty settled in the Kiloki valley feeding on the richness of the migration passing through.

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KopeLion Inc. (short for Korongoro People’s Lion Initiative) is a non-profit NGO registered in USA and in Tanzania. Our mission is to foster human-lion coexistence through participatory research and sustainable community-based conservation.

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It is always great to get to engage with kids!Extending our 'creating conversations' theme to primary schools is exciting, and after a workshop with teachers in Karatu and plans for games, learning and crater visits in place, we can't wait for the schools to open again.Hope the kids are feeling the same way!The Donald Slavik Family Foundation #humanwildlifecoexistence #livingwithlions #communityconservation #CreatingConversations #ngorongoroconservationarea #ngorongorocrater #ngorongorolions #lionconservation #ngoron ... See MoreSee Less
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This year’s World Environment Day campaign focuses on land restoration, desertification and drought resilience under the slogan “Our land. Our future. We are #Generationrestoration So pertinent to the work we do in Ngorongoro.We'll be continuing this theme with the present generation of youth in Tanzania at the Youth4Nature Conference in Arusha, Tanzania on the 8th and 9th of June.Our team of 6 from KopeLion look forward to seeing you there.#worldenvironmentday #y4na24 #y4nconference2024 #youth4natureconference #CommunityConservation #livingwithlions #humanwildlifecoexistence #ngorongorocrater #Ngorongoro #ngorongorolions #Lionconservation #kopelion #Ngorongoroconservationarea #corridortoftolerancePhoto: Monica Dalmasso ... See MoreSee Less
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Against the magnificent backdrop of the Nasera rock, we held interviews last week, for the coveted position of a KopeLion Ilchokuti, in this area. Out of 16 potentials, 4 were chosen for their skills and are currently completing a paid assessment week of working, to see who comes out top. In this way we assure our employment is fair, and that we get the right fit to take over from Ndolok, as he progresses in his new role in lion monitoring and research. #corridortoftolerance #communityconservation #livingwithlions #humanwildlifecoexistence #coexistence #ilchokuti #kopelion #ngorongorolions #ngorongorocrater #ngorongoroconservationarea #ngorongorodistrict #ngorongoro #lionconservation #naserarock Photos: Saning'o Kimani, Ololotu MunkaNdolok Kilitya ... See MoreSee Less
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