Freddie the Lion, a life-size statue in the guise of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, is in South Africa with 29 other big cats for Pride of Cape Town, a Born Free Foundation fundraiser.
Pride of Cape Town was launched last year by Queen guitarist Brian May, singer Kerry Ellis and star of Born Free, Virginia McKenna, at the Grand Café and Beach in Granger Bay.
“It’s good to see this maginificent and unique Mercurial lion, as a reminder of the great legacy left by Freddie, and to know that it will make a great contribution to saving Lions in Africa,” May said.
All proceeds from the sale of the models will go towards Born Free’s work to protect wild lions. And with as few as 25,000 left across the entire continent, their position has never been more perilous.