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The Global White Lion Protection Trust (WLT)

A leader in community-based conservation.

The White Lion Trust is a registered NPO/Public Benefit Organisation, situated in a Protected Area of nearly 4,400 acres of endemic bushveld, acquired by the White Lion Trust, where 3 prides of White Lions have been integrated with wild golden lions and reintroduced to their natural system in a carefully-phased scientific reintroduction program. Since commercial trophy hunting of lions takes place on our borders, this Protected Area is electrified with hi-spec predator-proof fencing to provide a safe environment for the critically endangered White Lions to roam freely in their ancestral heritage lands. Founded in 2002 by Linda Tucker, after nearly 10 years of intensive research on both the cultural and conservation importance of the unique White Lions in this region, the White Lion Trust has a strong track record over 2 decades of creating mutual benefits for Lions, Land, and People.

The White lions

A global heritage, which occurred in one place only on earth.

Endemic to the Timbavati and Kruger regions at the epicentre of the UNESCO-declared Kruger-to-Canyons Biosphere (K2C), the White Lions are a genetic rarity of Panthera leo. Their conservation significance within this wildlife ecosystem is matched by their iconic cultural value in local Tsonga and Sepedi communities, supported by other indigenous authorities around the globe. Today, however, after 6 decades of forcible removals from their endemic habitat, most White Lions are held captive in zoos and circuses worldwide. They may be commercially hunted in their wild habitat, and worse: speed-bred to be killed as victims of the notorious ‘Canned Hunting’ industry. Tragically, there are 100s of White Lions in captivity; but less than 13 in the wilds of their endemic habitat.

Our Mission

Creating a LionHearted World for Lions, Land and People

Over 2 decades, the White Lion Trust has implemented a multi-level strategy, which celebrates culture, advances social learning, uplifts the local living economy, and revives the biodiversity and dignity of human life and wildlife.  This Lionhearted Leadership Model is inspiring ‘revival beyond mere survival’: restoring health and prosperity to the human world, and abundance to the natural kingdom. By saving the White Lions – supreme indicators of Natural Order – we are saving the whole of nature, including ourselves.

Tribute to a Conservation Legend

Our LionHeart reaches out to all who knew and loved Dr Ian Player, most especially to his beloved wife…

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Meeting the Challenges

Despite being revered as a sacred heritage by the Tsonga and Sepedi people …

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Canned Hunting Campaign

White Lions are NOT protected from being hunted to extinction. In South Africa, White Lions may be…

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Get Involved

There are so many ways that we would welcome your support. Together we can make a difference…

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Meet the Lions

We have successfully re-introduced 3 prides of white lions into their endemic habitat. Now come and meet them….

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Volunteer

We invite you to be part of a serious conservation initiative breaking new ground on both scientific and…

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Visit Us

The White Lion Trust is not open to the general public, however there are still a number of ways you can visit us…

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Leadership Academy 2015

The White Lion Leadership Academy goes beyond any other leadership program: It is an essential…

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