Drew Goldie has spent the last 5 years advocating for big cat protection in South Africa and now she is being featured as one of Blood Lions’ talented artists.
Cape Town, South Africa (11 January 2021) – Drew Goldie and Sebastian Byrnes have worked hard to raise awareness for the lions and other big cats in South Africa that are exploited for profit. The pair started their journey 5 years ago and recently got featured as part of the Blood Lions #800Lions Campaign.
The #800Lions Campaign called for the submission of art in different forms in order to represent the more recent legal lion bone quota in South Africa, which was 800 skeletons. Blood Lions is calling on South Africa to set a ZERO lion bone quota.
The artworks are being converted into billboards and set up along the highways of South Africa. The aim is to call for an end to the captive lion breeding industry. Already there are billboards along the routes from Johannesburg to Durban.
Drew created an art piece and it was chosen to be a part of the billboard campaign.
Drew and Sebastian have been advocating for the rights of Big Cats for past 5 years and through their Big Cat Youth Collection, a unique range of handmade big cats, they have raised over R120 000 for the various ethical Big Cat Sanctuaries.
The Big Cat Youth Collection is a series of Lion Teddies, beautifully crafted and put up for “adoption”. The adoptee then gets to keep their lion while the funds go towards protecting lions at ethical sanctuaries.
The original art piece that Drew created for the #800Lions Campaign has been gifted to Savannah Heuser, the 23-year-old founder and owner of Waterberg Wildlife Rescue. Both Drew and Sebastian have volunteered at Waterberg Wildlife Rescue since 2016 so it was a fitting gift.
You can find out more about adopting your own lion teddy here.