KopeLion, comprised of local experts and international scientists, employs former lion hunters to actively protect the remaining lions and reduce conflicts. Our work builds upon data collected over the last 50 years, representing the best-known, best-studied lions in the world. This offers the unique opportunity to measure the effects of our efforts on a population of lions, studied for generations.
KopeLion strives for sustainable human-lion coexistence in the the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a multi-use landscape.
The lion – a symbol of wild Africa – is threatened. Across much of Africa, lions are in dramatic decline. Now, even the world’s most iconic king of the beasts – the Ngorongoro lions – are in danger.
KopeLion strives to foster human-lion coexistence in Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Here intensifying human-wildlife conflicts has been tough on the lions. In the last decades, the lions have begun to disappear entirely from their former ranges, separating the famous Ngorongoro Crater lions from the Serengeti. The area’s mission for harmonious coexistence is collapsing, with both people and wildlife losing out. KopeLion was founded in 2011 with the aim to change this trend. By working directly with residents, KopeLion strives for sustainable human-lion coexistence in Ngorongoro for the benefit of both people and lions.
At our Ndutu Safari Lodge, we have selected guides who will make you live with our lions. Who are our lions? Click here to know more!
At the same time, you can meet the Kope Lion team for a genuine education experience in conservation on the field. Click here to learn more about the Kope Lion Team.
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The Ngorongoro Conservation Area
The Ngorongoro landscape is unique, renowned for its spectacular natural beauty in a landscape with vast grass-plains, volcanic highlands, dense mountain forests, archaeological and cultural values, including the evolution of man and a present-day traditional pastoralist system impressive wildlife populations, including the great migration. Perhaps the biggest symbol for this landscape is the Ngorongoro lion.
KopeLion’s dedicated team is a group of passionate people, most residents of Ngorongoro.
Kope Lion works together with twenty Ilchokuti, or Lion Guardians, well-respected members of their community who track the lions on the ground daily to warn the herders where the lion are in their vicinity, preventing unnecessary conflict. They also assist in finding lost livestock and repair and strengthen the fences protecting the livestock at night.
Ilchokutis are fully field-based. Each of them is responsible for a 60-120 square-km large zone where they also live.