Linda Tucker
“Ignite Your LionHeart: Today, I’m going to speak for Lions”
7th Annual TEDxWilmington Conference // 27 September 2018

Linda Tucker for TEDxWilmington

Meet the Speakers: Linda Tucker for TEDxWilmington
Weds. 15 August 2018

When I deliver my TEDx talk, I’ll be speaking for Lions – and “The Lion” in all of us.

There’s an old African proverb which says: “Until the Lion learns to speak, the story will be told from the Hunter’s perspective.”

I don’t know about you, but I find that very sad. The perpetrators speaking for The King of animals…?

Today, our animals, and Mother Nature in general, are the silent stakeholders in human affairs, human politics, human catastrophes.

It’s for this reason that our governing bodies can so mercilessly exploit our natural heritage, literally turning Paradise into a wasteland for our children to disinherit.

How can I convey that it doesn’t have to be this way?

I’m going to start by telling my own story – how I was nearly eaten alive by a pride of angry lions in the middle of the African bushveld. (Seriously) And how that living nightmare literally “kick started” my heart. I now realize it was the only way the lions could get through to me. My heart was so shut down and I was so caught up in the glamor and fashion industry – a virtual world – that I was blind to the fact that our real world is dying.

Once your heart is re-activated – your LionHeart, brave, strong, true, loving and resilient – you can’t be blind to the truth any longer.

At the 7th Annual TEDxWilmington conference I’m going to share with you how to truly start hearing Nature again by listening with our own Hearts.

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the TEDx process: Linda Tucker for TEDxWilmington
Weds. 5 September 2018

Just when I thought I couldn’t fit everything I need to say about lions and LionHearted humans into 18 minutes – my ruthless TEDx coach, Geoffrey Berwind, informed me: “12 minutes is the new 18!” Ruthless but right – my LionHeart tells me. I always use my heart as a golden barometer of truth and Geoffrey’s generous advice comes with the distinction of actually having produced a TEDxWilmington event, so I’ve just torn up one third of my talk.

If that brilliant 4-minute TED talk by George Monbiot can shift people’s perception about wolves being dangerous creatures who howl at the moon, to capstone animals who save ecosystems, surely I can ignite the hearts of my audience to hear the King of animal’s critical message to us humans at this evolutionary turning point?

There’s an old African proverb that says: “Until the Lion learns to speak, the Story will be told by the Hunter’s perspective.” Today, our animals, and Mother Nature in general, are the silent stakeholders in human affairs, human politics, human catastrophes.

It’s for this reason that our governing bodies can so mercilessly exploit our natural heritage, literally turning Paradise into a wasteland for our children to dis-inherit. How can I convey that it doesn’t have to be this way – in 12 minutes?

I believe once we start listening with our Hearts we will hear Nature’s voice, and no longer support the PERPETRATORS’ story. So I’m going to start by telling my own story – how I was nearly eaten alive by a pride of angry lions in the middle of the African bushveld. (Seriously) And how that living nightmare literally “kick started” my heart. I now realize it was the only way the lions could get through to me. My heart was so shut down and I was so caught up in the glamor and fashion industry – a virtual world – that I was blind to the fact that our real world is dying. Once your heart is re-activated – your LionHeart, brave, strong, true, loving and resilient – you can’t be blind to the truth any longer.

At the 7th Annual TEDxWilmington conference I’m going to share with you how to truly start hearing Nature again by listening with our own LionHearts. And then, of course, there are those last 3 minutes when I’ll show the most spectacular footage of the King (and Queen) of animals….and invite the White Lions to speak for themselves….

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Reflecting: Linda Tucker for TEDxWilmington
Weds. 3 October 2018

I normally start by telling my own story – how I was nearly eaten alive by a pride of angry lions in the middle of the African bushveld. (Seriously.) And how that living nightmare literally “kick-started” my heart.

But for TEDxWilmington, I told it differently.

There’s an old African proverb that says: “Until the Lion learns to speak, the Story will be told from the Hunter’s perspective.”

So this time, for the first time, I spoke for the Lions.

I told it how it was. From the Lions’ perspective.

Today, our animals are the silent stakeholders in human affairs, politics, economics – and catastrophes.

It’s because we don’t listen to Mother Nature that we allow our governments and corporations to mercilessly exploit our natural heritage, turning Paradise into a wasteland for our children to dis-inherit.

But there is another way. A solution. And it’s simple.

I believe once we start listening with our own Hearts we will hear Nature’s voice. 

And then, only then… we will stop supporting the PERPETRATORS’ story.

I now realize my near-death experience was the only way Nature could get through to me. My heart at the time was so shut down and enslaved to the international glamor industry – a virtual world – that I was desensitized to the fact that our real world is dying.

Needless to say, this is the condition most of us find ourselves.

My experience that dark night under African skies helped me understand that deep within us all is a LionHeart waiting to be ignited. Once you listen to it, you can’t be insensitive to the truth any longer. You’re no longer paralyzed by Fear. You become filled and fulfilled with the Love, Courage and Clarity. And you know exactly what you’re being called to do, and how to do it!

For all of us now, and for our planet, time is of the essence.

So…just when I thought I had the luxury of showing you now to ignite your LionHeart in 18 minutes, my ruthless TEDx coach, Geoffrey Berwind, informed me: “12 minutes is the new 18!”

Ruthless but right – my LionHeart told me. So I tore up one third of my talk.

If that brilliant 4-minute Ted Talk by George Monbiot can shift people’s perception about wolves being dangerous creatures who howl at the moon, to capstone animals who save ecosystems, I can surely ignite the hearts of my audience – and you yourself out there listening to my talk – in 12.  All I need to show you is how to listen to your own heart.

Da-doooooff, Da-doooof, Da-dooooof…

Your heart is your life-line. Can you hear it?

Once you start listening to that double heart-beat – your brave, loving, kind, strong, true Heart of Gold – you’re ready to hear the message from the King and Queen of animals, and all of Nature.

For TEDxWilmington, I took a deep breath and spoke for the Lions. And then there were those last extra magical moments of spectacular footage, when White Lions spoke for themselves….


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 marketing to become a conservationist. She has dedicated her life to the urgent protection of the critically endangered White Lions, amongst the world’s most targeted trophy. Over 3 decades, Linda Tucker has campaigned for their protection against the legalized malpractices in South Africa’s notorious cuddle-and-kill industry. READ MORE 

7th Annual TEDxWilmington Conference // Thursday September 27th 2018

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