Leapa Ndiuni

Leapa Ndiuni

Leapa joined our team when lions started to move in for the longer term on the north western side of the crater. Leapa is constantly improving his lion identification skills and additionally helps to record our lion depredation data.


Rumas Olelekipa

Rumas Olelekipa

Rumas works on the western outer slope of the crater and is kept busy by lions and wildlife related issues, Rumas is very reliable and hard working. He has a great eye for detail, is hugely proud of his job and we constantly ask a lot from him.


Rapaitp Matunda

Rapaito Matunda

Rapaito thrives through working in his home area of Engidokun in the far south of the NCA, where the winds blow heavy in the dry season. With his height, his strength and his dedication, he’s perfectly fashioned to survive the challenges of his role.


Ngayai Ormunderei

Ngaayai Ormunderei

Ngaayai is another mountain man. He works from the clouds of Oleani mountain to the slopes of Lake Eyasi. Lions frequently pass through his area. He is strong of mind and integrity and intensely proud of his homeland.


Ndelelya Olepesai

Ndelelya joined KopeLion as Laipangwa appeared in a new area and someone needed to take on the role of being his custodian in this densely populated area around the Olbalbal swamp. Ndelelya’s succeeded so far to keep both livestock and lions safe.


Masanja Tulito

Masanja Tulito

Masanja describes his job as ‘like being on honeymoon’. Together with keeping us all amused with his constant upbeat humour, Masanja’s respect for his role and hard work really pays off in Ndiyani on the southwestern rim of the crater.


Maanda Lemate

Maanda Lemati

Maanda hold the beautiful area on the northern slopes of the Magarut mountain up to 3,000m, where lions and other wildlife venture for good feeding and rest and possibly for the view too. Maanda’s quiet disposition and inner strength ensure that he’s a perfect fit for this zone.


Machanyoda Gidamane

Machanyoda Gidamane

Machanyoda is Datoga, an ethnic minority within NCA, but like the Maasai, Datoga are traditionally pastoralists. A traditional leader within his age class, he has great respect from his community and engages them with passion not only to stop lion hunts, but to share the benefits of lion conservation.


Loseryan Kulangai

Loseryan works in the zone where lions often traverse spanning a populated area down towards the Lake Eyasi escarpment. An area with outstanding views.


Lambarakwo Saning'o

Lambarakwo Saning'o

Lambarakwo holds up the southern western zone in the Engarusi valley towards the Serengeti plains. He’s become very busy protecting both cattle and lions as Lemunge and his gang have taken up residence in his area.