Donate or Adopt



Our to do list is always expanding. There are a lot of things we need to do to keep LLA running and to develop the sanctuary.

Other than ongoing improvements, there are normal, everyday expenses related to keeping the lions properly fed and cared for.




We have an adoption program in which you can get fully involved with the lion of your choice. We have noticed how every person has a lion whom they feel closest to. Using our adoption program, you become part of that lion's life.

How to adopt a lion:

1) Choose the lion you would like to adopt


2) Decide on the amount you are able to donate. The payment will be a monthly contribution. You can either choose the Full adoption at $150 per month or choose any part of that at $10 increments for a partial adoption.

3) On that lion's profile page, click on the Adopt a Lion button

OR Click on one of the buttons below.....

A brief breakdown of some of our on going expenses:

At Love Lions Alive Sanctuary we have the following financial needs:

Medical care of the lions resulting in Veterinary bills. There are standard costs incurred monthly for normal health care, and there are extra ordinary costs which arise when we have to sedate lions for treatment of injury, illness or transportation. Annually it costs R96000.00

Building of Environments for the lions. We aim at setting the Gold Standard in Lion care at LLA and pride ourselves in building beautiful enclosures, our motto is ‘We build it once, they live in it forever.” We have built 10 lion areas so far and we house 16 lions. We have built rock pools for drinking and would like to build pools for playing in. Only Carl, Nachi, Moya and Sasha currently have this. Our next 4 enclosures will house lions we already have at LLA but due to growing up, from cubs into sub-adults, they require larger areas.

Vehicles. LLA has bought a 4x4 Ford single cab bakkie for collecting carcasses to feed the lions. This purchase is via a private loan which LLA has to pay back in monthly instalments. The bakkie is also used for fighting fires. This is the only vehicle LLA and our staff have. We received a donation of a trailer and winch system from the late Alan Colman, this is a wonderful addition to LLA, much needed and much appreciated.

Fuel. Diesel for collecting carcasses to feed the lions is the biggest daily expense. The carcases are given to us, but fetching them costs on average R450. Running the generator for power tools out in the veld, fire fighting equipment and brush cutters all use petrol.


Tools and Equipment.  Industrial Brush cutter . Spades &Picks. Angle grinder. Skill saw. Cordless drill. Very big on our wish list are Solar Cells and invertors. DC Batteries as back up for the batteries running the electric fences. Staff clothes and safety gear.

Lion Rescues. There are several rescue projects in the pipeline, they require funds for transporting the lions from their current homes as well as building the lions enclosures in which to live out their lives safely and with quality of care. Some of the lions potentially coming to LLA are from within South Africa and others are from Belgium, Russia and Spain.  LLA will publish details of lions being rescued. We have experienced that sometimes we do not have sufficient time to launch a fundraiser and as per Natacha’s enclosure I had to take a personal loan. We really need to have a fund earmarked for rescues.

Land. Rent for the sanctuary R11 750 per month

  • Vet bill = R8000/month
  • Health care per lion = R500/month
  • For sponsors it is nice to know how a small amount can add quality to a lions life. Buy space for a lion = R12/1sqM
  • R200 per running meter of fence
  • R120 000 to house a single lion
  • R60 000 to house a lion sharing an enclosure
  • R3000 for a water pool
  • R4300/month Ford
  • Any help with our vehicle situation would be appreciated
  • Ideally we need one more bakkie so that other work can continue when we are collecting carcasses and on which we can permanently keep the fire fighter during fire season.
  • Fuel R10 000/month
  • Solar systems to electrify the camp
  • Gift Vouchers for Builders Warehouse, Mica, Build It.
  • TRAVEL - the travel costs involved with a rescue vary significantly depending on the place of origin of the lion.
  • CRATE - R25 000
  • VET - R4000
  • ENCLOSURE - R120 000 (see above)

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