Shamwari Group has unveiled its life-size lion sculpture painted by renowned local artist, Andile Dyalvane.
Andile kindly joined forces to help support not only Shamwari Group but the Pride of Cape Town, the public arts event set to launch at the V & A Waterfront this month, masterminded by the Born Free Foundation and Wild in Art.
Andile spent time at Shamwari Game Reserve, situated in the Eastern Cape, and together with the Born Free Foundation team named Shamwari’s lion ‘Qhayiya’ which means ‘pride’ in Xhosa. The local schoolchildren from Moreson Primary in Paterson helped Andile and their handprints captured in various paint colours are the base for his design.
Pride of Cape Town is a public arts event which will see individually-decorated lion sculptures take to the streets of Cape Town. Each lion sculpture will be auctioned, in May, for charity and all proceeds will benefit international wildlife charity the Born Free Foundation, who work around the world to stop individual wild animal suffering and protect threatened species in the wild.
Money raised from the Pride of Cape Town will help Born Free protect and conserve lions in the wild; numbers have dramatically dropped in recent years due to persecution, loss of habitat and unsustainable trophy-hunting, and also help to look after their rescued big cats at their Big Cat Sanctuary at the Shamwari Game Reserve, near Port Elizabeth.
The Born Free Foundation is calling on businesses to get involved in the Pride of Cape Town and sponsor one of the lion statues that will form part of the Pride. Sponsorship brings a host of benefits and is an exciting way to both promote a business and help protect lions in the wild.
For more information, visit Pride of Cape Town’s website.