THE GLOBAL WHITE LION PROTECTION TRUST
“Today, all conservation issues are global issues.
If Brazil destroys its rain forests, the world has lost its lungs.
If South Africa destroys its White Lions, the world has lost its heart.”
The Global White Lion Protection trust was founded in 2002 with the intention to protect a rare genetic strain of lion unique to the Greater Timbavati region in South Africa – the white lions. Since their discovery in 1938 they have been threatened by trophy hunting and brought extremely close to extinction in their ancestral homeland, however with the help of the Global White Lion Trust they have been reintroduced to this region – a reserved area of 4400 hectares of land specifically designated towards the protection and conservation of these majestic animals. White lions are classified under the same species classification as the less rare, yet still threatened, golden lion.
As a result they have not been able to receive the essential protection that they require under national or international law. According to current South African law it is legal to hunt all lions, and breed them en mass in captivity in order to support the commodities market of bones and body parts. The fact that is allowed and supported is a heartbreaking reflection of humanity’s overall relationship with the animal kingdom. Let this be an opportunity to stand in the fire of our hearts and stand with these animals, protecting their existence while challenging the systems that degrade it.