About LLA





Love Lions Alive is a project aimed at creating awareness and an appreciation for live lions. There is a huge market in South Africa for dead lions or soon to become dead lions. People view these spectacular creatures from the viewpoint of what they will look like as trophies on the wall or as mats on the floor. Their value lies in their demise.



Love Lions Alive Sanctuary is located in Free State, South Africa. Our sanctuary is one of only a few places in South Africa where captive bred lions are safe for the rest of their lives. We also provide our lions with the opportunity to live their life with dignity in as close to natural environment as possible.

Our complete devotion is to the lions and what that particular lion needs.



The attention from Andi Rive herself and her team ensures that he lions who come to LLA are given the care they need, medically, nutritionally and emotionally. The enclosures are meticulously planned to include trees for shade, hills to climb, valleys to shelter in and boulders to reign from as the royalty they are.


Love Lions Alive Sanctuary is based on what is best for the individual lion.

Our Mission: To create an awareness that a living lion should be more valuable to people than a dead lion. Lions are not stock, not objects, not produce, not replaceable.

Our Aim: to create awareness that an animal suffers needlessly when not housed and fed properly. If animals are kept by humans, they must reap every benefit humans can give them. Nutrition has a direct effect on the animal's quality of life. Correct care is paramount. We will not rest until this is written in law.

What to expect (and not to expect) at LOVE LIONS ALIVE SANCTUARY


We do NOT offer petting (touching) or walking with lions. Even if there happen to be rescue cubs at the sanctuary, you are not guaranteed to see them and you will not have the opportunity to touch or "play" with them.


If you book a personal tour, you will be taken on a walk by Andi Rive. She will show you our lions and tell their individual story. She possesses a lot of knowledge so use the oppurtunity to learn from her by asking questions.


Lions are cats and will come out of their hiding spot if they feel like it. We do not force them to be seen if they choose not to. But usually some of our lions will show themselves and a few might come to the fence for a closer look.


If you are coming to LLA as a volunteer we can guarantee that you will see and hear all of our lions. As a volunteer you will work with the LLA-team and have the opportunity to help with all that we do to keep a lion sanctuary running.


Many lion places are breeding lions and selling lions for the canned hunting industry or body parts for superstitious medicine. This is something Love Lions Alive is completely against. We do not believe that there should be one more lion born in captivity. All our females are sterilized.


When a lion dies, they are buried in our lion graveyard which is situated in a beautiful safe place so that just as they lived with dignity so may their bodies rest in safety and dignity.

Love Lions Alive Sanctuary is a registered Non Profit Company

NPC 2017/242037/08

Sanctuary 19/A31270

TOPS Permit R84/710720001089


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