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Saving the White Lions: One Woman's Battle for Africa's Most Sacred Animal [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Linda Tucker
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15 Jun 2013
In this captivating, suspenseful memoir, white lion conservationist Linda Tucker describes her perilous struggle to protect the sacred white lion from the merciless and mafia-like trophy-hunting industry, armed only with her indomitable spirit and total devotion. Her story begins in 1991 with a heart-stopping misadventure in the Timbavati Reserve of South Africa. Tucker then a successful advertising executive and a group of fellow travelers found themselves surrounded by a pride of angry lions. There was no way out, night had fallen, and the battery in their only flashlight was beginning to flicker. Miraculously, a local medicine woman, with two youngsters in tow, passed, trancelike and fearless, through the lions and escorted them all to safety. For Tucker, that life-threatening experience became a life-changing one. She abandoned her career, left Europe, and returned to Timbavati to track down the medicine woman who had saved her: Maria Khosa. Upon seeing Tucker again, Khosa only smiled and said, What took you so long? She had been expecting her, and there was so much to do. Under Khosa s shamanic tutelage, Tucker learned of her sacred destiny: to be the keeper of the white lions, believed to be angelic beings sent to Earth to save humanity at a time of crisis. Khosa also prophesized that the queen of the white lions the embodiment of the mother of Ra, the sun god would soon be born, on a day and in a place considered holy by Westerners. On December 25, 2000, in the little South Africa town of Bethlehem, a snowy white lion cub, Marah, was born. From the moment of her first meeting with Marah, Tucker s story immediately takes off into battle, as she dedicates her every waking moment to prying Marah and her siblings from the grips of the trophy-hunting industry. Compellingly written in the intimate style of a journal, Tucker describes with unflinching honesty her fears, doubts, hopes, and dreams, all the while unfolding for us an unforgettable tale of adventure, romance, spirituality, and most of all, justice.

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  • Paperback: 374 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books,U.S. (15 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583946055
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583946053
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 190,628 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This enjoyable account is Linda's story of how she attempts to save these magnificent animals from mafia-style trophy hunters. It is a story of dedication, bravery and determination written in the form of a personal journal, so we come to the lions and Linda's fears and hopes for them. It is easy to read and the photos show the beauty of these remarkable creatures. it makes us realise how much we need to protect our world. --Yorkshire Gazette Herald, October, 2013.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping read 13 Jun 2013
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An amazing, beautifully written story of the realities of conservation in South Africa. Linda Tucker's dedication and determination to save the white lions is awe inspiring. I could not put it down and can't wait to read her next book.
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I love reading the real life stories of conservationists and this book was recommended to me by a friend who told me it was a very good read and she wasn't wrong. Linda Tucker was traveling with a group of friends in the Timbavati bushveld when the vehicle they were in broke down and was surrounded by a pride of wild lions. The potentially life threatening situation was relieved when an old woman (Maria, the Lion Queen of Timbavati) walked through the pack of lions to save Linda and her friends. The events of this night changed Linda, who began to crave the wilds of Africa and three years later returned to Timbavati to find Maria and so begins a new chapter of her life. Turning her back on the modern, hectic lifestyle she was accustomed to, Linda, worked alongside Maria for more than a decade training to become the new Lion Queen. This is her story of how she rescued one white lion cub and began a long and arduous journey to return the white lions back to their natural pride lands.

The book is very well written and enjoyable to read not least because the content is damn right interesting but one has to show a great deal of admiration for a successful and accompanished woman living the modern day fairy tale, materialistic lifestyle decides to leave everything she knows behind to live a simpler life in hr native Africa because she believes in a more spiritual existence. Much of Linda's choices in Africa are based around the spiritual teachings of Maria and although I was slightly deterred at first that the entire book maybe more a spiritual guide with a little conservation thrown it, it certainly isn't. Much of Linda's work revolves around her spiritual beliefs which guide her to make the right choices in defending the lions she loves.
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This is an heroic story of one woman's crusade to protect and sanctify one of the world's most rare endangered species: the white lions of Timbavati in South Africa. Linda tells her story with boldness, courage, passion, and a nobility of cause that can only be described as lion-hearted. It is rivetting from start to finish and radiates an importance and gravity not only for wild life conservation, and respect for the planet, but for a universal spirit of human tolerance, dignity and spiritual enlightenment. It is, in the deepest sense, an enlightening work that inspires hope and trust in the future of our threatened planet. Seeing the white lions as harbingers of human salvation and aspiration, this remarkable woman takes on the vested interests of corruption and collusion among political and conservation bodies, as well as the violent and dangerous pathologies of hunters embroiled in the depraved practice of 'canned' lion hunting. This involves the trade, incarceration and drugging of lions so that they can be shot by rich Americans who pay a huge sum in blood money to satisfy their desires for trophy heads of drugged lions. This cruel and base industry is abetted by unscrupulous dealers, politicians and corrupt officials who are bribed and cajoled into turning a blind eye. Linda confronts these darkly corrupt constituencies with a clarion call to respect, honour and save the planet from willful destruction. She tells a deeply human story with a conviction and illumination that comes to her from an indomitable faith in spiritual values and a belief in her beloved white lions as sacred guardians of the sanctity of nature. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Saving the White Lions 27 Mar 2014
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A magnificent book which holds one rivited to the end. It also reveals inside story of the terrible 'lion canning' business in it's all it's dirt, violence, downright greed and total disregard for such magnificent lions being bred for the killing for trophies of mostly USA hunters. This book will make many very determined to join the struggle to stamp out this terrible trade .. and like me join all marches, protests AGAINST such trafice. It's also admirable to learn how much sacrifices are made by people like Linda Tucker to try to save them. I hope she continues to keep us up to date of her activities.
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