- Saving the White Lions by Linda Tucker
- Publisher: North Atlantic Books
- Format: Paperback
Saving the White Lions is a personal account of the pivotal role that she has played in the saving of a rare white lion cub called Marah. Marah was one of many animals born into the hands of the trophy-hunting industry of South Africa.
The author had already spent nearly a decade working in Africa, trying to protect this rare breed from exploitation and probable eradication when she became aware of the birth of the cub in Bethlehem on the 25th December 2000.
Understanding the huge significance of this event, she set into motion a firestorm of legal opposition in an attempt to turn around the fate of this precious, valuable and rare creature.
The White Lion story initially starts in 1991, when, following a life-changing event in the Timbavati Reserve, Linda Tuckerbecame the first white woman to be initiated into the secretive world of African Shamanism.
Thus, the story of Linda Tucker and the White Lions is a dual tale. It highlights her conservation work with the lions and charts her gradual initiation into the jealously guarded secrets of the sacred rituals and rites of the ancient Lion Wisdom.
Whilst her first book, Mystery of the White Lions: Children of the Sun God, revealed the dramatic events that led to Linda giving up her high-powered job to dedicate herself to understanding the legends and mythology of the White Lion shamen, this, her second book, deals exclusively with her conservation work, her legal battles and decade long moral crusade to try and change some of the worst aspects of the African game culture.
White Lions and Sirius
Early on in this book, the author reflects upon her progress in working with the two shamanic mentors that had encouraged and initiated her into the esoteric aspects of the White Lion culture.
Whilst on the one hand, this story appears at face-value to be an account of one warm-hearted and immensely courageous woman’s attempt to right a quite blatant injustice, it also reveals a much deeper cosmic game-plan that is being played out around her.
This book reveals little of the nature of the powerful spiritual traditions that relate to the White Lions other than the author makes two tantalizing references to significant aspects of the White Lion mystery that will immediately resonate with students of the Sirian mysteries and followers of the Ancient Egyptian Lion Path.
In the first place, the author is told that the White Lions originated from the star system Sirius. In the second, whilst preparing for an initiatory induction into the Whlte Lion shamanic mythos, she is advised that the event will become a homage and celebration to the connection between the lions and their Sirian roots.
Throughout this aspect of the story, you are left with a strong impression that ultimately Linda Tucker is being charged with the responsibility of not only trying to secure a future for the White Lions of Africa but also of revealing something of the esoteric wisdom surrounding their related shamanic mysteries.
Indeed, this was the expressed hope and desire of her African teachers.
However, this deeper esoteric insight is not forth-coming in this book and we can hope that it will in a subsequent publication.
Despite my initial reservations that this book does not really get into the heart of the Lion Wisdom, it is still an extra-ordinary insight into a sickeningly savage and repulsive world of African trophy hunting.
As the story progresses, you are drawn into the tragic tale of the fate of the mighty lions of Africa and of the extra-ordinary lengths the author went to to try and protect the species from exploitation.
The book’s narrative is very engaging and the personalized account pulls the reader along as if you were actually present to experience the confrontations with African bureaucracy and the heartaches of seeing animals die to gratify the egos of sick Westerners.
It also allows us to share in the tears of utter joy when the occasional triumphs leads the author closer toward realizing her conservationist goals.
This is not an enjoyable book in the conventional sense of the word. It reveals the darkside of human nature and something of the immense disconnect that exists between ourselves and the natural world.
Nevertheless, it is a powerful testament to the qualities and moral convictions of an immensely brave woman with an indefatigable spirit and to a person who has developed a persona as powerful and dominating as the Lions themselves.
Thanks to her work, the fate of the beautiful and majestic White Lions of Africa has been altered for the better. ‘Saving the White Lions is a book that tears at the heart in so many different ways.
Credit: Review copy kindly supplied by North Atlantic Books.