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


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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