Ngorongoro Crater lion conservation experience with KopeLion
The future of lions is in great peril, as their terrain is ever shrinking due to a burgeoning population, and hostility with humans often leads to their demise. An excellent conservation organisation, KOPELion (Korongoro People’s Lion Initiative) researches the lion populations and human settlement in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) and Serengeti.
This research is to find sustainable ways and means for coexistence, and to ensure a ‘corridor of tolerance’ between human and lions without conflict. Local warriors, Ilchokuti, are lion guardians who have the committed task of patrolling and safeguarding the area of the Greater Serengeti ecosystem in northern Tanzania. Amongst their duties they search for lost livestock, fortify livestock enclosures, and assist with wounded livestock. These much-revered ambassadors, whose primary focus is ensuring the prevention of lions being hunted, are in constant pursuit for the sustainability of these magnificent kings of the jungle.
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge guests are able to interact with the KopeLion conservation team to get a deeper understanding of the day to day operations. These experiences have to be booked in advance due to the availability of the teams on the ground and attract a donation towards KOPE Lion.
Lion conservation experiences with KopeLion
Interact with the KopeLion conservation team
Enjoy half a day with the KOPELion team and discover how these dedicated conservationists are fostering lion-people coexistence within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). Working closely with local communities, they are creating a sustainable ‘corridor of tolerance’ that will re-connect the divided Crater and Serengeti lion sub-populations, ensuring their long-term survival. This insightful experience will give you the opportunity to understand the challenges and complexities of wildlife and human coexistence.
Accompanied by a KOPELion researcher, you’ll start with a short walk to check on one of the Panthera camera traps. Then you’ll be driven through Maasai villages, and a diversity of habitats, from the lush Crater rim, through sparse grasslands, and into a beautiful secluded forest spot. Here you’ll meet one of the KOPELion ‘Ilchokuti’ (lion guardians) who will talk about his work that entails both working with the local communities, and protecting lions.
A Crater-floor banquet with KopeLion
Dine in style on the magnificent Crater floor with the KOPELion conservation team, and learn all about this fascinating, essential initiative. In this interactive forum, a lion researcher will regale you with stories of these mighty predators, and explain the committed efforts of the KOPELion team to eliminate human-lion conflict along a ‘corridor of tolerance’ linking the Crater to the Serengeti. All your questions are welcomed.
Pre-dinner drinks with KopeLion
Unwind after a thrilling day of game viewing with a bottle of fine wine, or some French champagne, and share some time with the KOPELion conservationists. This intimate setting lends itself perfectly to an interactive presentation by the KOPELion researchers, followed by an exchange of questions and answers about the invaluable work they are doing to eliminate human-lion conflict along a ‘corridor of tolerance’ linking the Crater to the Serengeti. This is a perfect opportunity to get a full understanding of the work they are doing, and their commitment to a sustainable solution.