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Linda Tucker

Author and Founder of the Linda Tucker Foundation

After being rescued by a Tsonga medicine woman from a life-threatening encounter with a pride of lions in 1991, Linda Tucker gave up a career in international fashion and marketing to become a conservationist. She has dedicated her life to the urgent protection of the critically endangered White Lions, regarded as preeminent cultural icons by African elders: “King of Kings”.

The White Lions are the most charismatic animal on earth - yet, tragically, the world’s most targeted trophy. Linda and her organization are dedicated to saving them.

In 2002, she founded the Global White Lion Protection Trust to ensure the survival of the White Lions as a living heritage, and went on to secure vast protected heritage lands in the heart of their ancestral territories: situated in the epicentre one of the world’s most important ecosystems - the United Nations-designated Kruger to Canyons Biosphere.

For over two decades, she has promoted a LionHearted Leadership™ model for sustainable living with mutual benefits for People, Land and Lions.

Her leadership initiatives include the establishment of the StarLion Program, a global eco-educational program for emerging talent in youth leadership, which presented to Nelson Mandela in 2007; and the founding of the White Lion Leadership Academy in 2012, based on a heart-centered training which enables adult leaders from all walks of life to become powerful agents of change.

In 2016, she founded the Linda Tucker Foundation, which continues to support a LionHearted Leadership™ strategy in ecosystems and human systems for protecting our earth.

Over 3 decades, Linda Tucker has campaigned the protection of lions against the legalized malpractices in South Africa’s notorious cuddle-and-kill industry. Today, it is legal to commercially hunt lions in the wild, in cages after the cubs have been petted by tourists, and to trade them as skeletons into the lion bone trade to Asian markets.

She is regularly invited as special guest speaker at international congresses, public events, and TV interviews; she has presented at the South African Parliament and British Parliament, and has been honored with the Woman of Impact Award and Citation by the Governor of Maryland, USA.

Educated in Cambridge University (UK), but then initiated by indigenous African lion shamans who identified her as “Keeper of the White Lions”, her life and work has featured in numerous cover stories, international TV and press interviews including ReutersCBS, BBC and Forbes Magazine, as well as two feature-length documentaries, one by National Geographic.

Now her life story is being made into a Hollywood movie.

Linda Tucker lives in the heart of the White Lion Protected Area with her partner, lion ecologist Jason A. Turner, their dedicated team, and the magnificent prides they have rescued and successfully rewilded in a ground-breaking scientific reintroduction project.

Linda Tucker is author of Mystery of the White Lions (2001) and Saving the White Lions (2013) and holds the honorary shamanic title in the great African tradition: Keeper of the White Lions.  Her book LionHearted Leadership™: The 13 Laws has just been published (Npenvu, 2017).

Her initiatives include the establishment of the StarLion Program, a global eco-educational program for emerging talent in youth leadership, which presented to Nelson Mandela in 2007; and the founding of the White Lion Leadership Academy in 2012, based on a heart-centred training which enables adult leaders from all walks of life to become powerful agents of change.

In 2016, she founded the Linda Tucker Foundation, which continues to support a LionHearted Leadership™ strategy in ecosystems and human systems for protecting our earth.

Educated in Cambridge University (UK) but initiated by indigenous African lion shamans, her life has been featured in numerous cover stories, with an exclusive interview in Forbes Magazine 2013. http://whitelions.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/A.-Forbes-Article-Compressed-.pdf.

Linda Tucker is author of Mystery of the White Lions (2001) and Saving the White Lions (2013), and holds the honorary shamanic title in the great African tradition: Keeper of the White Lions.