Lööf Foundation supports Andi Rive who runs Love Lions Alive Sanctuary. She can be better known as “The Lion Queen”  from her documentary on Animal planet. We are happy to help her goal of saving lions by supporting her with the Lööf Foundation Lion Lagoon enclosure!

Ever since our first visit in March 2016 we have continued to support Andi Rive, who started and runs the Love Lions Alive Sanctuary in South Africa. The Love Lions Alive Sanctuary first started when Andi wanted to protect a reserve of lions from being used for sale for hunting, or for their body parts. Lööf Foundation has helped her by sponsoring a lion enclosure called the Lööf Foundation Lion Lagoon enclosure at Andi’s lion sanctuary. We held the inauguration for the lion enclosure during our second visit in July 2016. The lion enclosure is spacious enough to accomodate two-three lions and has plenty of water, cliffs, trees for shade and electric fencing. During November 2016, our representative Morgan Young volunteered at the sanctuary and checked up on the Lion Lagoon enclosure! In December 2016 we visited for a fourth time to help build a bigger water pool, and roofs for Andi’s new tented camp area for volunteers! Now we are returning to the sanctuary during July 2017 for our fifth visit to continue to support Andi’s lion sanctuary!

Lion situation in Africa

The killing of lions in Africa is happening at an exponential rate. Many are killed only for their body parts. Whether that be to use the skins of the lions, as a trophy on a floor, or hung on a wall. In South Africa, a tourist can pay up to $50,000 to choose a lion they would like to hunt, and kill for sport. Many lions are bred only to be hunted. Lions are viewed as more valuable dead, than alive. In the far east of Africa, many lion body parts are used to sell for medicinal purposes. It is believed that lions provide men with wonderful powers and strength. This creates a high demand for lion body parts, so many lions are only being raised to kill, and then export their bodies to buyers. Since the 1950’s, the lion population has reduced by 50% to only a mere 20,000 lions left in South Africa today.

Andi’s main focus is to spread awareness about the issue surrounding these beautiful creatures, and to allow people the chance to come to her lion sanctuary to see lions in their true glory, and educate the public about this devastating issue. This is why Andi has created and lives by her mission statements.

A few of Andi’s mission statements are:

– Never sell, breed with or misuse a lion.

– Her farm will be a haven for the misused, the abused, the unloved and those who have been seen as a quantum or livestock to their owners.

– Strive to create awareness in the world that live lions are more valuable than dead lions.

– Be a retirement home for elderly lions who have outlived their use to their current owners and who deserve to live out their lives in quiet dignity.

What the Love Lions Alive Project is all about

Love Lions Alive Project is based out of the farm Appin in Swinburne, Free State, South Africa. There, she has a lion sanctuary that started out with lions she has rescued. She takes in lion’s coming from zoos, private owners, or lions from other parks. Andi can also be known as “The Lion Queen” from her program on Animal Planet that airs in 185 countries. The show gives an insight on the struggles Andi faces daily with trying to keep the lion sanctuary going, as it is a costly job caring for lions.

Volunteer Program

Andi has created a volunteer program for the public where they can come and stay on the farm for a period of time and help her staff with daily chores surrounding the care of the lions from helping put up fencing to feeding the lions and keeping track of individual behavior in the lions.

Lööf Foundation Lion Lagoon inauguration

On July 14, 2016 Lööf Foundation held the inauguration for the Lion Lagoon enclosure at Love Lions Alive Sanctuary! A vet was present in the afternoon to do a check up on Carl, the newest two month old lion cub on the farm. Lööf Foundation helped cover the cost for this check up. Next the vet and Andi’s staff helped to dart Mandla and Isibindi to be able to move them to the new enclosure. It took six men to lift a sleeping lion into the back of a pick-up truck. Once the two lions were safely in their new enclosure, they were both given an antidote which would wake them. Sophie and Andi started the inauguration off by cutting the Swedish ribbon to the entrance of the Lion Lagoon enclosure. Sophie gave a short speech which was followed by a wonderful speech made by Andi. She expressed her dream for creating a safe haven for lions and thanked Lööf Foundation for believing in her and helping her. After the speeches Andi’s father played the South African Anthem on the bagpipes while walking down the hill.

Andi had organized for there to be African dancing to the beat of drums. After watching the performance Lööf Foundation handed out Lööf Foundation teddy bears to all children present. The party had plenty of food and treats for everyone that came out to celebrate the opening of the Lööf Foundation Lion Lagoon enclosure.

Lööf Foundation Lion Lagoon enclosure 

The Lööf Foundation Lion Lagoon enclosure is two hectares large. The fences surrounding the enclosure are electric as Andi has solar panels set up to generate electricity. The enclosure is situated by a steep hillside and has three large rocks for the lions to climb and play on. As well, there are trees for shade and a ditch that runs into a watering hole so that water can naturally run off the hillside and into the enclosure for the lions. A new water tank has been installed at the top of the hillside, to provide fresh and clean water to the lions in the Lion Lagoon enclosure during times of drought. A small slaughter area is being built at the bottom of the enclosure so Andi has a proper area to prepare meat for the lions.

Plans for Lööf Foundation Lion Lagoon enclosure

During Lööf Foundation’s visit in November 2016, Mandla and Isibindi were moved out of the Lööf Foundation Lion Lagoon enclosure and into a different enclosure. This allowed for workers to clean out the enclosure, give the lions a new area to explore and most importantly to install a water pipe that will deliver fresh water into the enclosure during a drought. It is anticipated that Lööf Foundation Lion Lagoon enclosure will be a new home for a lioness and her two cubs in the future!

Do you want to contribute or give support?

If you would like to join with Lööf Foundation in supporting this great sanctuary, or to learn more, you can contact us by e-mail to sophie@nordfasinvest.se or morgan@nordfasinvest.se.

 

 

 

Blog posts - Love Lions Alive Sanctuary, South Africa

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Morgan's Diary - November 16, 2016: I am now at Arlanda about to head out on my flight to South Africa! Words cannot even begin to describe the amount of excitement, wonder, and eagerness I…
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