Thanks to the NCA Authority for providing us with their ‘wooden house’ and to Ndutu Lodge for their support in refurbishment, KopeLion has a new office and staff bedrooms. Working all together in this new and improved space is making a difference and it’s a perfect hub for training and planning.
In these last three months we seem to have accomplished a lot of learning: the whole management team spent three days on a Situational Leadership course, we trained two new Ilchokuti and six Liaison Officers from the villages working with our Conservation Incentive Payments scheme, Lilian passed her driving test, Ingela and Ololotu had SMART and ODK lessons from Daudi at Honeyguide, Retilda trained in stores management with Asilia and Roimen enrolled to complete his Form 4 certificate to enable him to study further.
We’ve also used our new facilities to host learning trips to understand more about human-lion conflict and co-existence in Ngorongoro for Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA), KDU and Oikos East Africa, as well as for Honeyguide and Makame Wildlife Management Area. We also worked together with The Range Wide Cheetah and Wild Dog Programme to conduct 4 x Human and Wildlife Conflict idea exchange sessions, between Community Leaders, NCA Authority Rangers, and our Ilchokuti, to find ways to improve herding practices and livestock enclosures. African People and Wildlife made a great effort at short notice and joined us for a couple of days with additional insights.