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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We think that keeping people and livestock safer at night will increase their ability to tolerate lions.Supporting pastoralists to improve their livestock enclosures is just one of a multitude of activities that KopeLion includes to create a sustainable model for coexistence between people and lions in Ngorongoro.Planting living walls African People & Wildlife @africanpeoplewildlife without the chain link fencing is a popular and acceptable choice in NgorongoroStarted through IUCN-SOS in 2022, this is now being funded through 2024 thanks to Safina Lion Conservation Fund #CommunityConservation #humanwildlifecoexistence #ngorongorolions #livingwithlions #Lionconservation #Ngorongoroconservationarea #coexistence #corridoroftolerance #lincolnparkzoo #Ngorongoro #ngorongorocrater ... See MoreSee Less
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