Journalist Shamin Chibba was first invited to the Global White Lion Protection Trust in 2016 with a team of media professionals in preparation for his coverage of the CITES COP17. What he found was a community organisation working tirelessly to protect the sacred lions. He returns in 2023 to speak to its CEO, Linda Tucker, in a series of Q&As. The first looks at how, in the face of merciless exploitation of our natural world, we can turn rage into positive action.

Months of loss and mourning passed. My lion was dead and my heart was broken. Ancient Lion Shamanism teaches, “When you kill a lion, you kill the sun.” It also warns, “For every lion killed, a human soul will be lost.” There’s something eternally damning about this concept. It isn’t the rough justice of the...

In the second StarLion featurette, Linda remembers her Lion Guardian, Ingwavuma I. The “spirit-in-form” lion had entered Linda’s dreams as a child and, later, introduced himself in the flesh – a reminder of the primordial agreement through which we were gifted the use of Fire and all that it represents by way of the continuity of Life.

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