The 10th of August marked the first ever World Lion Day and our project sites in Livingstone, Zambia and Antelope Park, Zimbabwe celebrated the day tremendously.
Antelope Park held a volleyball tournament for guests, volunteers and staff. A total of 12 teams entered the tournament and at 9:30am the games began! Teams sported their brand new World Lion Day volleyball t-shirts as they jumped, ducked and dived across the two pitches.
After a grueling day under the surprisingly hot winter sun, the final match ended at 17:30 with the Conolly Family team taking gold. Showing true sportsmanship though the team donated their prizes to the best playing guest team. As the owners and founders of Antelope Park, the Conolly Family can enjoy any and all activities at the lodge at any time, so the gesture was much appreciated by the guest team.
Although good fun the tournament was also held to raise funds. Registration fees, merchandise, and lunch and bar sales were all donated to ALERT raising a fantastic $1900!
In Livingstone, Zambia, the ALERT and Lion Encounter team took to the streets of Livingstone to celebrate the African lion with the help of 150 local children. The main street was transformed into a vibrant party as multi-colored World Lion Day t-shirts, lion masks, banners and posters paraded to the Fall Parks shopping centre. The Tourism and Arts Minister, Ms. Sylvia Masebo, also joined the parade and was so taken by the unity and strong conservation message that she has asked for the parade to be repeated for the upcoming UNWTO general assembly later this month!
We would like to send a HUGE thank you to all our volunteers and staff in Zambia and Zimbabwe for celebrating World Lion Day and also to all of our supporters worldwide spreading the message of lion conservation further.