After being rescued by a Tsonga medicine woman from a dangerous encounter with a pride of lions in 1991, Linda Tucker gave up a career in international marketing and fashion to become a conservationist. Since this time, she has dedicated her life to the urgent protection of the critically endangered White Lions, regarded as the King of Kings by African elders. Despite their rarity and cultural importance, the White Lions have no protected status and may be trophy hunted in the wild and in captivity. To ensure the survival of this legendary animal, Linda Tucker has raised millions of dollars in a long-term strategy to secure large tracks of protected wilderness territory in the White Lions' ancestral heritage lands.
Linda Tucker founded the Global White Lion Protection Trust after nearly 10 years of intensive research on both the cultural and conservation importance of the White Lions in this region.
Together with her partner Lion Ecologist, Jason A.Turner, and a team of specialists, Linda Tucker was responsible for returning White Lions back to their natural endemic habitat, after decades of artificial removals from their natural system had rendered them virtually extinct. The first lioness to set paw back in her ancestral kingdom was Queen Marah, regarded as a holy animal by the indigenous African elders. Since this time, the non-profit organisation has been implementing a multi-level strategy which includes White Lion Protection Plan™, a carefully monitored scientific reintroduction program of White Lions into their ancestral lands and the protection of the cultural heritage of the Sepedi and Tsonga peoples who honour the White Lions as a sacred heritage.
Educated in Cambridge University (1980s), and trained in indigenous knowledge systems by African shamans (1994-2001), Linda Tucker is regularly invited as special guest speaker at international congresses, public events, and TV interviews. Her life has been featured in numerous cover stories, with an exclusive interview in Forbes Magazine 2013. Her story is the subject of a full-length documentary for National Geographic, and has been covered extensively in over 30 international TV programs including Reuters, CBS, Animal Planet and NHK Japan.
Linda Tucker has presented at South African Parliament (2007/8), and British Parliament (2013), calling for the protection of the White Lions and the prohibition of trophies at ports in the UK and USA. Environmental congresses include World Wilderness Congress (2001), World Summit of Sustainable Utilisation (2002), World Parks Congress ( 2003), World Carnivore Congress Sante Fe (2004), World Wilderness Congress Alaska (2005), Beyond Duality Congress Guatamala (2008), River of Stars Conference, Hawaii (2012, and 2015), Awakening to Animals Conference (2012 and 2013). At the Wild9 Congress (Mexico, with delegates from 54 countries) in 2009, she had a Resolution passed calling for the protection of the White Lions by international governments and appropriate bodies.
In 2012, she founded the White Lion Leadership™ Academy attended by local community leaders and students from around the globe, promoting LionHearted leadership principles in transforming our world.In 2014, she was nominated for the Whitney Award for Nature. And in October 2015, Linda Tucker will be awarded the prestigious "Woman of Impact Award" in Maryland, USA.
Her first book, Mystery of the White Lions, published in 2001 after 10 years of research on the cultural and legendary aspects of the mysterious White Lions, is now translated and published in 5 different languages, including Japanese.
Her new biography, Saving the White Lions (2013) is a best seller. It tells the extraordinary story of rescuing the famous white lioness Marah from a trophy killing camp, and is currently in script form being adapted for a Hollywood movie.
Linda Tucker lives in the White Lions heartlands, in the epicenter of the United Nation's declared Kruger-to-Canyon Biosphere region, together with Jason A. Turner, and the White Lion prides they have rescued and successfully rewilded in a ground-breaking scientific reintroduction project.
"Linda Tucker has done a great job of chronicling the whole story and the mythology of these sacred animals...Through understanding the White Lion we will understand ourselves and our great role in the chain of being." Deepak Chopra
"An entrancing story, told by a rare individual...a phenomenal book that comes at a critical time in environmental history." Dr Ian Player, internationally renowned conservationist.