KopeLion works to enable lasting coexistence between pastoralists and lions in Ngorongoro Conservation Area and its surrounds. Here intensifying human-wildlife conflicts has been tough on both the people and 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 has a mission for harmonious coexistence but recently both people and wildlife are losing out. KopeLion was founded with the aim to find a working model for coexistence together with the pastoralist communities and alongside the conservation authorities.
Together with our research partners, the work builds upon data collected over the last 50 years on the best-studied lions in the world, which gives a unique opportunity to measure the effects of our efforts on a population of lions, studied for generations.