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In 2014 I placed a deposit on the trip of a lifetime - "Live with Lion Cubs in South Africa". I spent a year paying the full price of the trip ready to contribute to lion conservation, not knowing it would change my life in the most unexpected way. This is my story.

My story began with my passion for big cats which led me to book what I believed would be the trip of a lifetime – two weeks volunteering with lion cubs in South Africa. Unaware of the atrocities within this industry, I arrived at my destination where I was faced with the harsh reality regarding the barbaric treatment of lions throughout the country.

Through my experience I learnt that in South Africa, thousands of lion cubs are raised in captivity to die in captivity; either through canned hunting or for the lion bone trade. Returning to the UK I was committed to raising awareness through my experience, starting with this as an online blog, Claws Out, where I aimed to educate potential volunteers about the ‘con’ within these conservation parks.

Through my blog I was invited to join Global Marches, speak in European Parliament alongside MEPs and the Blood Lions Team and feature in magazines and newspapers across the world. I now devote my time and passion to making a difference within lion welfare. In  2018 I partnered with Born Free Foundation and Olsen Animal Trust to produce a short film based on my experience called Claws Out: The Truth About Cub Petting.

If you’d like to get involved with our Campaign, I'd love you to join me. Please contact me at

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