We are pleased to reveal the lots being auctioned at the launch event for Remembering Lions at the Royal Geographical Society on Thursday 17th October. If you are unable to attend the launch but would like to bid for any of the lots, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
100cm framed print by Greg du Toit
Greg du Toit was the winner of the prestigious ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ title in 2013. This image is very close to his heart and was taken during a project to photograph nomadic free-ranging lions in Kenya’s South Rift Valley, in an area that Remembering Lions is supporting. It took 16 months (and a few nasty infections!) of waiting in a waterhole to capture this stunning image. This print is a limited edition and this is number 5/10.
Simon Max Bannister lion sculpture (reserve £2,000)
Unique Bronze Cast
200mm x 500mm x 120mm (height length width)
Includes book on Simon’s work.
Simon Max Bannister was the winner of the prestigious David Shepherd Foundation Wildlife Artist of the Year title in 2013. His style of sculpture is spurred by the ecological crisis, with a knowledge that species and habitats are threatened by man’s insatiable growth. From splinters of invasive timber, he constructs indigenous birds, nests and wings. These wooden creations become the kindling for a unique lost cast technique, where the incineration of the form becomes the mould for the final sculpture. These negative spaces are cast with bronze, thereby immortalising the species that have become so significant to him. Simon’s sculptures are highly sought after and sell for tens of thousands of dollars.
100cm framed print by David Lloyd
David Lloyd has won many awards for his work including the ‘People’s Choice’ award for his shot of two male lions in the 2018 Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards. This image, shot in the Maasai Mara, is very close to his heart and has never been released as a print before. It is signed personally by him and is number 5/10.
100cm framed print by Federico Veronesi
This image by Kenya-based Federico Veronesi is the cover image for Remembering Lions and had never been seen before he donated it to our project. It was taken in the Serengeti. It is a limited edition print and this is number 2/10. Number 1/10 previously sold for £2,000 on Kickstarter.
100cm framed print by Jonathan & Angela Scott
Our keynote speakers, Jonathan and Angela Scott, are award winning wildlife photographers and authors, who have made their name documenting the lives of lions, leopards and cheetahs in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, recording every aspect of their existence in their drawings, photographs and wildlife television programs. They are Canon Ambassadors and the only couple to have won the Overall Award in the prestigious Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition as individuals.
Five night Thula Thula / UmFolozi safari in South Africa (value £3,225)
This is a twin-centre safari, comprising two separate stays donated by Thula Thula and Mantis respectively, which we are combining for a five-night safari for two. For this reward you will need to fly into Durban and then transfers to and between the two properties will need to be arranged.
The uMfolozi reward offers a two-night stay for two people sharing at either Mthembu Lodge or Biyela Lodge at the stunning uMfolozi Big Five Game Reserve. Value is £1,925/R36,000.
Thula Thula is a family owned and operated private game lodge, situated in the heart of Zululand, Kwa-Zulu Natal. This 4,500 hectare, malaria free game reserve was established in 1911 and has been operational as Thula Thula since 1999.
It is home to a wide variety of game like elephant, buffalo, rhino, leopard, giraffe and birds. Thula Thula was also the home of late bestselling author and conservationist Lawrence Anthony, who passed away in March 2012. His second book, The Elephant Whisperer, relates the story of the rescue of the Thula Thula elephants, and the special relationship he has created with the herd. Thula Thula is now run by his wife, Francoise Malby Anthony, who carries on the legacy of Lawrence with his conservation projects and running of the two lodges.
The Thula Thula reward offers a three night stay at Thula Thula, fully inclusive of all safari morning and afternoon, and all meals and accommodation. Value is approximatively £1,300/R24,000.
Terms & conditions
uMfolozi reward includes all meals and two games drives per day. Does not include extras such as beverages, transfers, flights, laundry, daily conservation levy of R460 per person per day. Valid until 14th December 2020, excluding peak season of 15th December 2019 - 15th January 2020.
Conservation levies of R460 per person per stay (R920) need to be covered by the winner on top of winning bid (approx £50).
Thula Thula Terms & Conditions apply: Valid for 1 year / non transferable for cash /not redeemable during seasoned holidays / subject to availability on dates.
Reward excludes all flights, transfers, and extras listed above.
5-night Bushcamp Company safari + 100cm framed Isak Pretorius print (value £6,500) – reserve £2,750
This lot includes both a five-night safari for two (sharing) to the South Luangwa Valley in Zambia donated by The Bushcamp Company AND a 100cm framed print of an image taken by award-winning Isak Pretorious while staying there!
In Zambia's iconic South Luangwa National Park, The Bushcamp Company operates six exclusive Bushcamps in the remote south of the park, as well as the award -winning Mfuwe Lodge (famously where elephants walk through reception) just inside the main park gate. Set out from any of these secluded, intimate camps and you will be guaranteed an unrivalled wildlife experience in one of the last unspoilt wilderness regions of Africa – the very place where the African walking safari was pioneered.
Isak Pretorius’s print (entitled ‘Cool Cat’)is a limited edition, number 10/10. It was Highly Commended in the 2018 Animal Portraits category of ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ and was used extensively in publicity for the competition.
Terms & conditions
Value of the trip: $3,750 per person - total of $7,500 (approx £6,000).
Parks Entry Fees/Government Levies/Luangwa Conservation and Community Fund, which will need to be covered by the winner on top of winning bid - $1,100 in total (approx £900).
Accommodation, all meals, game drives, airport transfers (Mfuwe Airport), laundry, service charge and government tax.
All flights, bar bills, park entry fees, bed levies, Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund, visa fees, airport departure taxes and items of a personal nature.
This prize is non-refundable/non-transferrable and can be taken any time through to 31 October 2020. Additional nights will be charged at a standard rate.
7-night safari donated by Nomad Tanzania (value £11,000)
A seven-night, twin-centre safari for two, donated by Nomad Tanzania, which includes four nights sharing at Kigelia Ruaha and three nights at Sand Rivers Selous in Tanzania.
Home to 10% of Africa's lions, Ruaha in Tanzania is a truly remarkable place (and also home to the Ruaha Carnivore Project, which will be one of the recipients of funds from Remembering Lions). Nomad Tanzania's little bush-camp, Kigelia Ruaha, has been in the beating eastern heart of the park for years, where the wildlife is most concentrated. Sorties from here - by foot or car - encountering the great mammals of Africa, can be thrilling.
The Sand Rivers Selous lodge is so much part of the Rufiji’s ebb and flow that it seems almost moored on the banks, with one side entirely open to the river. Views across its brown, swirling waters call to mind adventure movies from another time. Indeed, in the early days, they pioneered legendary foot safaris here, and life in and around the lodge is still as action-packed and exciting as the fizzing natural world around it.
Terms & conditions
Value of the trip: $6,720 per person - total of $13,440 (approx £11,000)
Govt fees and internal flights, which will need to be covered by the winner on top of winning bid - $3,618 in total (approx (approx £3,000)
Excludes international flights
4 nights Kigelia Ruaha
3 nights Sand Rivers Selous
2 people sharing
Accommodation included - food, drinks activities, laundry
Valid for travel before 20th December 2020
Cannot be claimed between July - September.
Karen Laurence-Rowe painting (reserve £5,000)
Oil on canvas
41 inches x30 inches unframed
This stunning masterpiece was painted by the award-winning artist Karen Laurence-Rowe, especially for the launch of Remembering Lions. This is the second year that Karen has generously supported the Remembering Wildlife project. For this piece, Karen collaborated with one of our contributing photographers Greg du Toit, to find an image of his suitable for her to use as inspiration for the painting. Both are former winners of ‘Wildlife Artist of the Year’ and ‘Wildlife Photographer of the Year’ respectively and we believe this is a priceless and unique collaboration (Greg normally does not allow his images to be used by artists). Karen is one of the most collectible and sought-after wildlife artists in the world and we are thrilled to be able to present this painting of two timeless lions in the Ngorongoro Crater.
Check out this video revealing the progress and inspiration of the painting: