Recollaring Nadine this month to ensure that we can always inform herders of her whereabouts - protecting both livestock and lions. The Ngorongoro TAWIRI lion project have permission to collar an additional 2 lions, bringing the total to 8, which will help us mitigate more conflict and improve coexistence between humans and lions.
Recollaring Nadine this month to ensure that we can always inform herders of her whereabouts – protecting both livestock and lions. The Ngorongoro TAWIRI lion project have permission to collar an additional 2 lions, bringing the total to 8, which will help us mitigate more conflict and improve coexistence between humans and lions.

Recollaring Nadine this month to ensure that we can always inform herders of her whereabouts - protecting both livestock and lions. The Ngorongoro TAWIRI lion project have permission to collar an additional 2 lions, bringing the total to 8, which will help us mitigate more conflict and improve coexistence between humans and lions.

Tanzania’s Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a critical site for lion which are classified as ‘Vulnerable’ on the IUCN red list. Where much of the NCA is multiuse area, where traditional pastoralist and their livestock share the land with abundant wildlife KopeLion consider it of key importance to improve human lion coexistence strategies in support of Tanzania’s recent National Human Wildlife Conflict Strategy.

KopeLion’s recent success in increasing tolerance to lions in community occupied areas of the NCA provides an opportunity and a need for additional work, together with local communities, to ensure that while connecting lion populations through community land, their negative aspects are decreased and their presence is safe and sustainable.

By using different approaches supported by the IUCN Save our Species and co-funded by the European Union, and the PAW Foundation/Lion Recovery Fund, we aim to prevent any increase in human-lion conflict despite lions recovering former range and connectivity.

As the great majority of lions’ attacks on livestock in NCA is at pasture, and commonly on herded livestock in the late afternoon, one of the first activities we are embarking on is to test Dr Neil Jordan’s team’s idea of painting eyes on cow butts to deter predators. It’s a low cost, easy win for pastoralists if it works, and it did in Botswana! In Dr. Jordan’s four-year study, no cows that had the eye spots painted on their butts were killed by lions. Despite some laughter and ridicule, people are eager to try this in Ngorongoro and with Lion Landscapes also hoping to test this out in southern Tanzania, we’re all curious to see if it works.

Safety for pastoralist communities living with lions, while herding and in the homestead is another key focus of this grant, so communicating this to people across Ngorongoro will be a large part of what we’re doing in the next few months. With a couple of films in the pipeline, specifically focused on culture and safety, we will soon be ready to host entertainment and information-sharing using films made on site with the local communities, stimulating challenging exchanges and brainstorming on how to make peoples’ future with lions better.

An emphasis will be put on the importance of the role of a herder in mitigating conflicts: a competition with prizes is to be held to determine what constitutes the best herding techniques, and a spotlight will be shone on herders as the stars of human-wildlife coexistence, and the importance of investing in them.

While it is less common for lions to attack bomas, this is a big threat from other predators like leopards, spotted and striped hyenas. Lowering the risk from all types of depredations on livestock, people’s main livelihood, here is vital. Taking the terrain, available materials, the protected area regulations and most prevalent predators into account, we will explore different ways to support building stronger livestock enclosures, cost sharing with communities and working together to ensure that people’s livestock are not ravaged in a single night, and children can sleep.

Roimen tests out eyes on cows in Ngorongoro. Photo Roimen Lelya

Roimen tests out eyes on cows in Ngorongoro. Photo Roimen Lelya

Filming the 'end of the month round' catching up with the Ilchokuti. Photo credit Jamal Fadhili.

Filming the ‘end of the month round’ catching up with the Ilchokuti. Photo credit Jamal Fadhili.

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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's gratifying when the impact of your work lives and breathes.This is one of nine surviving cubs from Twin Hill in Ndutu. Born in the dry season, raising these cubs caused a great deal of conflict and the loss of many sheep and goats. The tolerance of the traditional pastoralists in this area is admirable, and testament to KopeLion's team and their work in the area.Now grown, this lot will keep the team on their toes, before the males eventually disperse and find a patch of their own. The ultimate success would be if they were to cross the 'corridor of tolerance' between Serengeti and the Crater and spread their genes.Lion Recovery Fund Lion Recovery Fund PAW Foundation Lincoln Park Zoo Lincoln Park Zoo NABU International NABU International Naturschutzstiftung The Donald Slavik Family Foundation Ndutu Safari Lodge Ndutu Safari Lodge Global Conservation Global Conservation Safina Lion Conservation Fund Nomad Tanzania Asilia Africa Asilia Africa Nomad Tanzania #corridortoftolerance #communityconservation #livingwithlions #humanwildlifecoexistence #coexistence #ngorongorolions #ngorongorocrater #ngorongoroconservationarea #ngorongorodistrict #ngorongoro #lionconservation #ndutu Photo: Roimen Lelya ... See MoreSee Less
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A lion pedicure and more!KopeLion's newest 'corridor of tolerance' through Kakesio is currently booming with lions.It is so useful to be able to understand lions in this area, to enable us to reduce any conflict with people and livestock, keep everything safer and ensure connectivity across lion landscapes.KopeLion's Ilchokuti, Ndoyai, recently located lions and sent in their position. With news that the collaring team were on their way, despite having no phone charge left, he climbed a tree and stayed with them until dark, when the team finally found him.Ndoyai, together with the TAWIRI lion research team and NCA's veterinary officer, Dr Wambura, then assisted to collar a large male lion. In the company of one other male, he is about 7+ years, and was found with an odd looking ear, a large puncture wound on his thigh and an injured pad from a claw that could not retract. After some first aid and putting on a GPS collar, he was soon up and about.The three Kakesio Ilchokuti have had a refresher training on using the telemetry set to locate the collared lion, and he was spotted 10 days later with his companion, and full bellies after killing a buffalo.We look forward to sharing their adventures and hope they take a trip to the crater! #livingwithlions #corridortoftolerance #communityconservation #humanwildlifecoexistence #ngorongoro #ngorongoroconservationarea #ngorongorodistrict #ngorongorolions #kopelion #ngorongorocrater ... See MoreSee Less
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