A spectacular pride of 30 lions were displayed at Cape Town’s magnificent V&A Waterfront as part of the world class, major public arts event Pride of Cape Town.
The unique and splendidly colourful life-size fibreglass lion sculptures showcase the creativity of Cape Town: its heritage, architecture, regeneration and arts scene, as well as highlight the critical plight of lions in Africa.
Pride of Cape Town raised funds for Born Free’s work to protect and conserve lions in the wild. Lion numbers have dramatically dropped due to persecution, loss of habitat and unsustainable trophy-hunting. Their position has never been more perilous and there may be as few as 25,000 left across the entire continent. Born Free already has long-established links with South Africa and operates Big Cat Rescue and Education Centres at the prestigious Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape.
“What makes this whole event even more important is that it could help protect and conserve wild lions. I do hope everyone who cares about wildlife and, in particular, the future of lions, will want to join us and join in.”Virginia McKenna OBE, actress and co-Founder of the Born Free Foundation
The lions made international news around the world, with Queen guitar legend Brian May and singing sensation Kerry Ellis flying into Cape Town to announce the lions arrival and South Africa’s platinum selling recording artists, The Parlotones, performing on stage and calling for support.
Pride of Cape Town culminated in a glamorous charity auction on the V&A Waterfront on 3 May 2013, where the entire pride was auctioned to raise funds for lion conservation.
Take a look at all the amazing lions…
The lions were painted by a host of local and international artists and sponsored by influential individuals and South Africa’s finest companies, who all pledged their support for Pride of Cape Town. Sponsors included:
Staedtler | Moyo | Land Rover | Chitwa Chitwa | Red Bush Tea | CP Construction | Lions Club International | Coca-Cola | KFM | Novartis | SAA | Grand Café & Beach | Shamwari Group | Mantis Collection | African Inspiration | Laugh it Off | V&A Waterfront | The Parlotones | Phoenix Mercury Trust | 5FM
Pride of Cape Town is being presented in partnership with Wild in Art and Shamwari Group and is kindly supported by the V&A Waterfront.
Singer Kerry Ellis speaks to SABC3 Breakfast Show about Pride of Cape Town