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My Interview with CNN – Mountain Lions

Motivational Speaker Videos - Lorne Sulcas - The Big Cat Guy - Interview with CNN about Mountain Lion 4A 5-year old boy was playing outside with his brother when a mountain lion attacked this boy near Aspen, Colorado. The Mother who saw this, ran outside and pulled the lion off her son. This lion was hunted down by authorities and killed. CNN called me to gain more insight in this Big Cat behavior and why this happen. According to statistics, 20 fatal attacks have been reported since 1890 and 2011 of which 14 were children under the age of 14. This points to the propensity of these big cats to hone in on targets that are easy prey. Big cats will look for the young, the small or the weak. Out of these 14 fatal attacks, several have been on kids in the last few decades where no parents were present.  This is an opportunistic attack by a big cat that is looking for an easy prey.

Link to this video: Mother pulls attacking mountain lion off her son

Zookeeper, Stacey Konwiser killed by Tiger

Stacey Konwiser, an experienced Zookeeper at the Palm Beach Zoo was killed by Hati, a 13-year old male Malayan tiger. Stacey was a lead keeper at the zoo and while prparing for an event, was attacked and mauled by this rare male Malayan tiger. CNN called me to report and big cat behavior in the hope to shed more light on these events.

If we take into consideration that this tiger was a 13-year-old male and that the average longevity of a Malayan tiger is somewhere around 18 to 20 years, it is to be expected that it would be even a little longer when held in captivity. That means that this tiger was in its absolute prime. It’s an incredibly powerful animal. Massive, and pure muscle. Their instincts are encoded in their DNA over millions of years and they are supposed to be aggressive and dominant. This is imperative for their survival in the wild.

From what I understood, there were three males together with one female in an unnaturally small enclosed area. And with Hati in its prime, thrust together in an unnaturally tiny area, you would get heightened competition and a displaced aggression. Hati had no natural outlet for its aggression. And he has been hardwired to defend and command a territory. Stacey was obviously no match for a 300-pound killing machine that was placed in this unnatural environment.

The transcript of this conversation can be found in CNN’s archives.

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Lessons in Success from Africa’s 3 Great Cats

Lorne Sulcas Lessons in Success All for Women ArticleMy journey from the bushveld to business is one of, as everyone thought, being crazy enough to follow an overwhelming passion after I left a stable career in the corporate world to become a game ranger-guide at Sabi Sabi in the Greater Kruger National Park.
After several years of research on the big cats in the area, I could saw so clearly how much there was to learn about success and winning from how animals in the wild have been surviving massive change, competition and challenges for millennia.

Today I am helping organisations pursuing excellence by sharing my passion, my experiences, my internationally award-winning photos, and my message in my keynote presentations on the powerful success lessons from Africa’s 3 big cats. You can read some extracts of the lessons learnt from the oldest, most successful marketplace, Nature. Find it here.
Lessons in success from Africa’s 3 great cats.

CONQA: Elite Sport Summit & The Big Cat Whisperer

Lorne Sulcas Article from Conqa Sport-1CONQA Elite Sport is helping teams and coaches achieve success. This year at their Sport Summit, 320 of the most talented sports practitioners from elite sport came together in Cape Town where I delivered a keynote on what it takes to be an exceptional teams.
Daniel Gallan wrote an article about my keynote which can be found here:
THE BIG CAT WHISPERER: WHAT ELITE SPORT CAN LEARN FROM THE WILD

 

Some of the representatives

Justin Woolford, CEO, CONQA Sport
Tracey Veivers, Head Psychologist, Brisbane Lions 
Grant Downie, Head of Performance – Academy, Manchester City FC 
Capt. Tom Chaby, Executive Officer, US Navy SEALs 
Andy Harrison, Programme Director, British Cycling 

 

 

Download the Conference Event Program here for more information about the event.

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"Lorne, I want to personally thank you. You made each session so relevant to our world. Your delivery is professional, entertaining and inspiring - every time... absolutely outstanding ... the ‘lessons that Big Cat guy spoke on’ is one thing they all really remember and still refer to."

 

DALE CROSSMAN - ED.D, IPM PROGRAMS, NASA, FLORIDA, U.S.A.

 

"I was blown away ... Lorne is unique and I really feel he would please any audience. His was and still is one of the most talked about presentations we've seen."

 

MATTHEW NEWNHAM – BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ASTRAIA TECHNOLOGY, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA

 

"Your presentation was brilliant, Lorne. In my job, I hear a lot from motivational speakers and much of it is a rehash of other presentations or literature. This was different…… Pure, base animal behaviours ... expertly translated into the world of human beings ... An intellectual triumph."

 

MARK SUDDABY - GROCERY DIRECTOR, TESCO STORES, UNITED KINGDOM

 

"…I was struck by your powerful message that can benefit all of us in today's world of chaos and change. Goose-bumps stuff! We immediately implemented your lessons around teamwork and leadership and are already noticing a huge difference. ..."

 

CAROL HALLING - ORGANIZATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS MANAGER, AT&T, U.S.A

 

"The standing ovation said it all. You have something rich and powerful ... which you expertly fit right in line with our conference... a provocative and exciting approach… absolutely unique and fascinating."

 

ISISARA BEY - SENIOR DIRECTOR, SONY MUSIC CORPORATE AFFAIRS, U.S.A.

 

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Lorne Sulcas, The Big Cat Guy, inspires at The One&Only, Cape Town

Lorne Sulcas, The Big Cat Guy, inspires at The One&Only, Cape TownThe One&Only Hotel hosted a series of talks by some of South Africa’s most inspiring speakers which included story tellers and motivational speakers who achieved the impossible and inspired others to do the same. This event attracted wide interest and this was evident when additional chairs had to be carried into the venue.

Cape Town Magazine, TownCoZa, IOL, and What’s On Johannesburg were only a few who listed this event as something not to be missed.

More about what my talks are about can be found here.

 

RADIO

Interview with Ernest Pillay on Radio 2000

Lorne Sulcas, The Big Cat Guy, Radio2000 interview with radio personality Ernest Pillay about wildlife photography and nature conservation and how this in the end lead to my speaking career where I how help organisations sustaining growth and high performance in the face of massive challenges, change and competition. Pillay is one of the founding members of Kaya FM, the first independent black radio station where he hosted the Afternoon Drive show. He now also serves as a board member of the DMASA, a financial service group which specializes in asset management, insurance and retirement fund administration.

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKING EVENTS

Lorne Sulcas delivering a keynote at the 2017 RSIC

The Big Cat Guy, together with Graça Machel, addressing inquisitive young minds at the 2017 RSIC

I’m humbled that being a professional keynote speaker puts me alongside some great people every day.  I shared the platform as motivational speaker with Graça Machel at the 2017 Round Square International Conference in Cape Town this week, and after my keynote, I had the privilege of sitting next to Her Majesty Queen Anne Marie at lunch with some of the student delegates from around the world.  Well, you can imagine the conversation at the lunch table…?!  🙂

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Graça Machel is universally known for being a freedom fighter for Africa, a champion for the upliftment of this great continent and all of its people.  She married the first President of independent Mozambique, Samora Machel. Years later and after the death of her first husband, she would become the only woman in the world to have been married to two presidents when she wed President Nelson Mandela from South Africa.

His Majesty King Constantine II of Greece, who officially opened the conference

Having Graça Machel on the programme was just one example of the spectacular scale and standard of this 2017 Round Square International Conference.  The agenda this year was incredible and really showcased how fantastic this organisation is and the marvelous, truly world-changing work it’s doing and future leaders it’s producing. A large percentage of the approximately 1400 audience members was Grade 11 students from 150 schools around the world. The President of Round Square International is His Majesty King Constantine II of Greece, who officially opened the conference, followed by a spectacular opening ceremony.  And so, it was a huge honor to also have the King and his wife, Her Majesty Queen Anne Marie, in the audience. What was really cool, as I have mentioned here, was to see the sponge-like curiosity and enthusiasm of these fresh young minds!

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Some of the international schools represented at this conference were:

  • Box Hill School
  • Keystone Academy, Beijing
  • Him Academy Public School
  • Amman Baccalaureate School
  • Ivanhoe Grammar School
  • Stanford Lake College
  • Ballarat Grammar School
  • The Armidale School
  • Scotch College
  • Buckingham Browne and Nichols
  • Woodleigh School
  • Samworth Church Academy
  • Gordonstoun
  • Bermuda High School
  • Inter-Community School
  • Colegio Los Nogales

And the list wouldn’t be complete without a huge shout-out to the three Western Cape Schools who hosted and organised this massive international event: St. Cyprian’s, St. George’s Grammar School and Bridge House. A hearty congratulations for an unbelievable conference!

CONQA: London Leadership Summit (Stock Exchange)

Where 120 Influential Business Leaders and and top sports coaches from across the UK attended a Leadership Summit.

Some of the representatives

Simon Hill, Head of UK & Ireleand Channels, ORACLE 
Gary Noesner, Chief Negotiator, Federal Bureau of Invetigation (FBI) 
Eva Bishop, Associate General Counsel, Downstream & Shipping, BP
Max Koep, Managing Director, CEEMA & LATAM, Deutsche Bank 
Kate Matthews, Head of Leadership & Executive Development, Citi Group 
Stuart Lancaster, Head Coach, Leinster Rugby 
Simon Miles, Global Customer Director, Coca-Cola 
Justin Woolford, Chief Executive Officer, CONQA

Some Organizations that were represented

Anheuser-Busch InBev 
HSBC Holdings PLC.
Aon plc (NYSE:AON).
BP.
Coca-Cola.
Everton F.C.
FA Cup.
Goldman Sachs.
Investec
Bank BNP Paribas
McLaren Applied Technologies
Nokia
Sainsbury’s
Citi Croup
Manchester City FC
Thomson Reuters

Lorne Sulcas, The Big Cat Guy, inspires at The One&Only, Cape Town

Lorne Sulcas, The Big Cat Guy, inspires at The One&Only, Cape TownThe One&Only Hotel hosted a series of talks by some of South Africa’s most inspiring speakers which included story tellers and motivational speakers who achieved the impossible and inspired others to do the same. This event attracted wide interest and this was evident when additional chairs had to be carried into the venue.

Cape Town Magazine, TownCoZa, IOL, and What’s On Johannesburg were only a few who listed this event as something not to be missed.

More about what my talks are about can be found here.

 

CONQA: Elite Sport Summit & The Big Cat Whisperer

Lorne Sulcas Article from Conqa Sport-1CONQA Elite Sport is helping teams and coaches achieve success. This year at their Sport Summit, 320 of the most talented sports practitioners from elite sport came together in Cape Town where I delivered a keynote on what it takes to be an exceptional teams.
Daniel Gallan wrote an article about my keynote which can be found here:
THE BIG CAT WHISPERER: WHAT ELITE SPORT CAN LEARN FROM THE WILD

 

Some of the representatives

Justin Woolford, CEO, CONQA Sport
Tracey Veivers, Head Psychologist, Brisbane Lions 
Grant Downie, Head of Performance – Academy, Manchester City FC 
Capt. Tom Chaby, Executive Officer, US Navy SEALs 
Andy Harrison, Programme Director, British Cycling 

 

 

Download the Conference Event Program here for more information about the event.

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CONQA Elite Sport Summit Event Program

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