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A moving story about love and dedication,
This review is from: Saving the White Lions: One Woman's Battle for Africa's Most Sacred Animal (Paperback)
In "Saving the White Lions" Linda Tucker tells the powerful, perilous story of how she came to leave her high-powered career in Europe to return to South Africa to free and protect the last of the sacred White Loins held in captivity in zoos and by the Mafia-like trophy hunting industry.
She realized her destiny after a near death experience one night while stranded among an angry pride of lions in South Africa's Timbavati bushveld. Maria Khosa, a local medicine woman miraculously appeared, calmed the loins and lead Linda and her group to safety.
When Linda tracked Maria down she is told she has a sacred destiny - she will become the keeper of Africa's last sacred White Loins. Maria also tells Linda of an Ancient Prophecy - that the Queen of the White Loins will soon be born. To Linda's dismay a snowy-white lion named Marah was born in a South African zoo in the town of Bethlehem on December 25, 2000.
Linda immediately dedicates her life to returning Marah, this royal lioness, and her offspring to the land of her birthright.
She partners with First Nation Leaders around the world who also believe wild, white animals are signs of the fulfillment of the Earth's sacred living heritage and the fulfillment of an ancient prophecy. Some of these leaders represent the White Raven of Canada's First Nation, the White Reindeer of the Sami People, the White Whale of the Icelandic people and the White Buffalo of America's fourteen nations.
Although Linda founded "The Global White Lion Protection Trust,"a non-profit community conservation organization she and her colleagues struggled to raise the huge amount of funds needed to purchase Marah and her cubs and their ancestral land.
Linda also chronicles her many battles not only the wealthy canned-trophy hunting industry where worldwide hunters pay large sums of money to shoot lions in confinement. Also the lethal power the canned-trophy hunting industry has over some South Africa's bureaucratic institutions and the inhumane housing of these high priced lions in tiny, darkened, concrete dungeons under zoo buildings.
This book is also the heart-warming story of the many people and organizations who stepped up to help Linda, give wise counsel, donate money, time and talents which ultimate led to Marah and her cubs' release.
"Saving the White Lions" is a thought provoking moving account about love and dedication not only to the survival of the white lion but to all humankind.