Get to know

Get to know

Youth For Lions is a young, vibrant sub-campaign of Blood Lions®, an award winning documentary film and campaign which sheds light on the South African commercial predator breeding, canned hunting and lion bone trade industries.

The Youth For Lions team engages with young people around the world to create an understanding of how cub petting, walking with predators and volunteering at predator farms contributes to the exploitation of our wildlife in South Africa.

We invite YOU to get involved and become part of this worldwide movement to end the cruel cycle of exploitation.

meet our

youth ambassadors

Our Youth Ambassador Programme directly involves driven, influential young people with the Youth For Lions campaign. Our Youth Ambassadors have a passion for wildlife, conservation and education, and play a vital role in spreading awareness amongst their communities, as well as their school and university peers.

Our Youth Ambassador Programme is based on three incremental Levels (Bronze, Silver, Gold), each requiring a set of activities to be carried out by the Ambassadors in order to proceed to the next level. 

Have a look at our current Youth Ambassadors’ Activities below   ↓↓

Santhani Rungan

Santhani is a 19-year-old Medical student at the University of the Free State. Hailing from Durban, KZN, she matriculated from Eden College and was a proud member of the Durban Youth Council in 2019. During her time at school, Santhani was a member of the Eco and Interact Clubs and organised multiple Blood Lions screenings and Youth For Lions presentations for her peers.
The Youth For Lions cause is close to Santhani's heart as she is passionate about South Africa's wildlife and believes that it is vital for the youth to take an initiative in their communities.
"One of my favourite quotes is, 'Stand up for what you believe in, even if it means standing alone.' "

Silver Level

Taylor Wagemaker

Taylor has grown up in a family with an incredible love for the African bush. From a young age, she was immersed in the beauty and wonders of nature, surrounded by vast landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a rich cultural heritage. Taylor has learned about the delicate balance of nature, the intricate relationships between different species and the importance of conservation. Perhaps the most profound impact of growing up with a love for the African bush was the sense of responsibility it instilled within her. With every passing year, the devastating reality of the unfair, cruel treatment and decline of our wildlife increases. Witnessing first-hand the effects of human activity on the environment, she became aware of the need to preserve and protect our natural world. Taylor plans to become a field guide one day, a dream she's had for many years. She wants to educate and show people from all over the world how valuable and precious our wildlife is, and hopefully instil a love and voice in others too.
"I am honoured to join the ‘Youth For Lions’ team and help make a difference!"

Bronze Level

Rifumo Mathebula

Rifumo is a passionate and motivated educator, photo-journalist and filmmaker. Rifumo comes from a rural impoverished community bordering the Kruger Park in South Africa. He started schooling late as he had to look after livestock, so he graduated aged 21. Rifumo has been working with Wild Shots Outreach NPO since 2016 and in January 2020 was promoted to Programme Director. For the last three years, he also ran Conservation South Africa’s Media Team in Mpumalanga, mentoring and training 16 young photographers on the Yes4Youth programme, and managing film and video shoots with conservation NGOs, community partnerships and local media. He is working to change young people’s lives and to make positive, lasting changes in his community and beyond.
"I inspire and encourage young people to connect with nature through photography - building self-esteem, raising aspirations and developing employment skills. My images and videos tell stories that change the narrative and empower people’s lives. ."

Bronze Level

Luqman Ebrahim

Luqman Ebrahim is seventeen years old and currently completing Matric at Michael Mount Waldorf School. He is also a high member of the school's Environmental Club. Since he was young he had fallen in love with the conservation of this planet that we inhabit and the animals that live on it, through the experience of game reserves and national parks. The one thing he dislikes in life is the mistreatment of animals by humans, just the thought of it alone drives him crazy. It makes him want to solve these issues and come up with ways to combat this. His dream is to become a Zoologist (as well as an ecological conservationist) which he is hoping to pursue as well as study when he is in university. Most of all explore the different ecosystems and animals this beautiful world has to offer. He looks forward to being an ambassador for YouthForLions and know he will pour his heart out and do his absolute best in aiding this campaign.
"“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened.” “An animal's eyes have the power to speak a great language.”

Bronze Level

Stephanie-Emmy Klarmann

Stephanie is a researcher, educator, and lover of all things related to wildlife and travel photography. She has spent the last few years finding her passion by merging her interests in an exciting new field called 'conservation psychology'. Through her research, she hopes to inspire young generations to discover their own love for the natural world and develop a desire to protect it.
Stephanie believes that we are capable of achieving enormous change if we focus on building up young people and leading more compassionate lives.
"When I'm not teaching, I usually have my head buried in a book or my feet buried in sand with a camera in my hand."

Gold Level

PROGRAMME LEVELS

Bronze Level

ACTIVITIES:

  • Create 4 unique social media posts;
  • Complete 1 of the following activities:

– Host a film screening;
– Organise a presentation;
– Write a blog post for Youth For Lions

Silver Level

ACTIVITIES:

  • Create 6 unique social media posts;
  • Complete 2 of the following activities:

– Host a film screening;
– Organise a presentation;
– Write a blog post for Youth For Lions;
– Propose a new campaign idea

Gold Level

ACTIVITIES:

  • Create 12 unique social media posts;
  • Complete 3 of the following activities:

– Host a film screening;
– Organise a presentation;
– Write a blog post for Youth For Lions;
– Propose a new campaign idea;
– Get a friend to become an Ambassador;
– Host a fundraising event

Ambassador Activities

Become a youth ambassador

Are you a driven young person (under the age of 30) who is passionate about wildlife, conservation and education?

Would you like to get involved with the Youth For Lions campaign?

Fill in this form to find out how you can join our team of Ambassadors.

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social media

@youthforlions