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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It takes a team!Early warning of lion presence using GPS collars is such an important tool for supporting pastoralist communities in Ngorongoro to live with lions. The Ngorongoro lion research team together with Dr Wambura from NCAA and KopeLion Ilchokuti yesterday succeeded in collaring Lemiko (8yr old male) and LK124 (7 yr old female), both of whom originate from the crater but who have settled, with their pride, in the Esere plains.Emmanuel Lufilisha (Research Assistant) has been watching them for some months and his patience finally paid off. KopeLion partner with the research project to support human wildlife coexistence in Ngorongoro.@iucnsos IUCN Save Our Species @eu_partnerships EU International Partnerships @lionrecovery Lion Recovery Fund NABU International @pawfdn @lincolnparkzoo Lincoln Park Zoo @pman1056 Puneet Mansharamani @dm_wambura @emmaboycharle Roimen Lelya @lelyaroimen @ngorongoro_crater Ngorongoro #ngorongorolions #livingwithlions #ngorongoroconservationarea #lionconservation #humanlioncoexistence #ngorongoro #ngorongorocrater #communityconservation #corridotoftolerance ... See MoreSee Less
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Early warning of lion presence using GPS collars is such an important tool for supporting pastoralist communities in Ngorongoro to live with lions. The Ngorongoro lion research team together with Dr Wambura from NCAA, yesterday, succeeded in collaring Lemiko (8yr old male) and LK124 (7 yr old female), both of whom originate from the crater but whom have settled, with their pride, in the Esere plains.Emmanuel Lufilisha (Research Assistant) has been watching them for some months and his patience finally paid off. KopeLion partner with the research project to support human wildlife coexistence in Ngorongoro.Video: Roimen Lelya (Lion Conflict & Monitoring Officer) gently places the lions in the appropriate positions for monitoring and collaring. Credit: Dickson Wambura@iucnsos IUCN Save Our Species @eu_partnerships EU International Partnerships @lionrecovery Lion Recovery Fund NABU International @pawfdn @lincolnparkzoo Lincoln Park Zoo @pman1056 Puneet Mansharamani @dm_wambura @emmaboycharle Roimen Lelya @lelyaroimen @ngorongoro_crater Ngorongoro #ngorongorolions #livingwithlions #ngorongoroconservationarea #lionconservation #humanlioncoexistence #ngorongoro #ngorongorocrater #communityconservation #corridotoftolerance ... See MoreSee Less
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