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A Tribute to Mandla, Aslan, StarLion, King of Lions.

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing away of Mandla, our great King. The gentle giant, who’s original name was As-lan (meaning “StarLion”), passed painlessly and peacefully.
Many of you shared parts of his extraordinary journey with us.For almost two decades, this majestic lion represented the life-force behind our project; and his legacy lives on in our hearts, and the Heartland of the animal kingdom on earth.His torch has been passed to his offspring – Matsieng, Zukhara and Nebu – and their royal lineage, in perpetuity.

A Royal burial took place on 5th December, and was attended by the traditional leadership and traditional healers of Maria Khosa’s shamanic lion tradition, who placed their lion mantels over the great King, to protect him on his onward journey.


It is fitting that his timing coincided with the departure of the other great LionHearted King, Nelson Mandela, who passed away on 5th December exactly two years ago.

Nelson Mandela
b. July 18, 1918 – d. Dec. 5, 2013

In the ancient African and Egyptian traditions, a great King becomes a Lion in death and returns to the Stars. So, it comes as no surprise that Mandla’s departure coincides with powerful astrological alignments with the Royal Star and the Lion Star Mbube rising with the Sun at the East – correspondences identified by our leading astrologer, Maurice Fernandez, who has tracked the star charts of the royal lions in our project with deep interest over the years.

Linda pledges freedom to serious-faced Aslan in year 2000.

After this noble soul’s harrowing early years held hostage in South Africa’s most notorious canned hunting operation (“Bethlehem”) – when appallingly he was given the name of ‘Rambo’, and offered on the internet as a hunter’s trophy – Mandla made history alongside our founder lioness Marah in a Long Walk to Freedom. Against all odds, we finally succeeded in releasing him back into the White Lion’s ancestral homelands, as was his birthright. To protect his identity, we changed his name from that given by the trophy hunters to his official public title, Mandla.

With his grace and infinite wisdom, he became a father not only to his own cubs born in the wild of their endemic territories, but a father figure to so many, loved by all.

Jason and I spent so many star-spangled nights tracking his mighty form patrolling his bushveld territories under African skies, and so many days tracking at sunrise only to find the King under a tree feasting on a kill he and his pride brought down overnight.

In Jason’s words:

“Mandla had nearly 10 years of freedom at Tsau and Shidolo, and achieved so much that will never be forgotten, making his first kill the day he walked out of the boma, shattering misperceptions that a captive-raised white lion cannot hunt, and facing off the Kapama black-maned male at the mature age of 13 years old. His roar, with an unprecedented 65 earth-rumbling ‘back roars’, will never be forgotten, particularly by his rivals at the neighboring Kapama and Thornybush wildlife regions.”

In the words of our highly competent wildlife vet, not a religious man: “He was freed from a life of Hell to live out his days in grace and freedom, finding Peace and Heaven on Earth, literally.”

Our entire pride (lions and humans) are deeply shaken after Mandla’s departure, however timely.

His regal face and luminous solar mane graces the cover of my first book, Mystery of the White Lions, first published in 2001. And his innate qualities of courage and determination against impossible odds, dignity, wisdom and justice in the face of humanity’s appalling injustices, were the inspiration behind the 12 Laws of LionHearted Leadership™ which define our Leadership Academy. Through this enlightened leadership training, Mandla’s message of good governance has guided emerging leadership from as far afield as Africa, The States, UK, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, Mongolia, Canada, Japan and Alaska.

Mandla’s message via Linda’s books and Leadership Cards.
His paw print may be fading from the sands, but from the Timbavati Heartlands to the Holy Land; his wisdom will never be forgotten.Long live the King!

Final portrait of Mandla at 19 years old.

With fondest devotion and deepest reverence, always,

Linda, Jason and the whole White Lion family

Our King Remembered…

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  • January 5, 2016

    My heartfelt prayers are with all those who knew our beloved Mandla. I was so honoured and privileged to have spent some time with Mandla and the White Lions at Timbavati in May 2015 and I continue to share the love, wisdom and courage through their stories that they shared with me.
    From my heart to yours, I share a Blessing for the New Year by John O’Donohue in his book, “To Bless the Space Between Us”:

    On the Day when
    The weight deadens
    On your shoulders
    And you stumble,
    May the clay dance
    To balance you.

    And when your eyes
    Freeze behind
    The gray window
    And the ghost of loss
    Gets into you,
    May a flock of colours,
    Indigo, red, green
    And azure blue,
    Come to awaken in you
    A meadow of delight.

    When the canvas frays
    In the curragh of thought
    And a stain of ocean
    Blackens beneath you,
    May there come across the waters
    A path of yellow moonlight
    To bring you safely home.

    May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
    May the clarity of light be yours,
    May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
    May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

    And so may a slow
    Wind work these words
    Of love around you,
    An invisible cloak
    To mind your life.

    Many blessing on ALL now and beyond
    In the spirit of Ubuntu

    Susan Beayni
    Toronto Canada

  • Katherine Uribe
    February 23, 2016

    May he roam eternity, forever free on God’s savannah, his wise spirit guiding us with strength and love to continue on, creating a safe and loving home for all lions, one in which they can be as lions were intended…free!

  • Licia Dewing
    May 4, 2016

    May your Lion heart live on in all of us. Mandla great King.

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