Speaker Bio

He's unorthodox; definitely not your average keynote speaker. He has spoken on the world’s biggest stages. He appears on CNN. His clients include organizational giants on five continents, from NASA to Hershey’s, Tesco to Rolls Royce.

Since 1996, Top International Motivational Keynote Speaker Lorne Sulcas has been ‘WOW’ing’ and transforming top teams and organizations around the world with his unique Thriving in a Wild World™ presentations: time-tested success secrets from the most successful survivors on the planet – Africa’s Big Cats.  .

His keynotes are one-of-a-kind. Unforgettable. Not anything your audience has seen before. Nor anything they'll ever see again. And tailored to your bespoke context.  Your audience will get million year-old secrets of organisational and personal success:

  • How to sustain growth, high performance and exceptional results
  • How to thrive in the face of change and crisis
  • Teamwork that yields results no-one else achieves
  • Game-changing leadership, innovation, and vision
  • ‘Hunting new business’ - even amidst chaos and uncertainty!
  • How to get and maintain competitive advantage

Because Lorne has the street cred.

After many years as a sought-after Leadership Trainer and Management Consultant, Lorne went from the corporate jungle to the real jungle.

Everyone thought he was crazy.

For nearly a decade, Lorne was a game ranger, tracking and photographing Africa’s Big Cats on a daily basis.

Today, The Big Cat Guy travels the world sharing potent life and organizational lessons from these super-predators that have been thriving for millennia in the face of change and competition.

His message moves people to act. His captivating stories and award-winning photos will pierce your audiences’ hearts. They will laugh (and maybe even cry!). His inspiration will stay with them forever. He is an extraordinary expert; renowned professional; a ‘cat’-alyst; trusted Motivational and Conference Keynote Speaker to CEO’s and Event Planners. Around the planet.

Lorne is an expert in what it takes to survive, thrive and win, if you are looking for a:

  • Motivational Speaker
  • Business Speaker
  • Conference Keynote Speaker
  • Change Speaker
  • Sales Speaker
  • Leadership Speaker
  • Teamwork Speaker
  • Sports Motivational Speaker
  • Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch Speaker
  • or Leadership and Teambuilding Trainer

Because there’s no excuse for mediocre.

Topics Covered

CHANGE: How to thrive in the face of uncertainty, change and crisis
TEAMWORK: What it takes to achieve true synergy and get exceptional results
LEADERSHIP: Strategies to create and cement a legacy of consistent growth and performance
COMPETITION: Surviving the toughest competition and sustaining competitive advantage (even against the odds!)
SALES: How to ‘hunt new business’ and constantly stay ahead of the game (even when the goalposts are shifting!)

Topic Tags

Clovelly Road, Fish Hoek, Cape Town, South Africa


CHANGE: How to thrive in the face of uncertainty, change and crisis
TEAMWORK: What it takes to achieve true synergy and get exceptional results
LEADERSHIP: Strategies to create and cement a legacy of consistent growth and performance
COMPETITION: Surviving the toughest competition and sustaining competitive advantage (even against the odds!)
SALES: How to ‘hunt new business’ and constantly stay ahead of the game (even when the goalposts are shifting!)

Booking Info

Lorne speaks virtually, and in person all over the world from the United States to Canada, South Africa and the rest of Africa, the Middle East, Europe, United Kingdom, and Australasia.

Booking Rates

All fees exclude local taxes, travel and accommodation where required.

South Africa: R30,000
International: $10,000

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  • Ian Beere
    24 August 2020 at 10:14 am

    Lorne stole the show with his presentation at our recent team event. He’s a born storyteller with a genuine passion for, and an enviable knowledge, of his subject. He kept us all enthralled with his amiable style, incredible photos and wonderful stories.
    Ian Beere CFP®, Wealth Manager & Chairman at Netto Invest (Pty) Ltd

  • Araminta Hesketh
    2 August 2020 at 1:54 pm

    We used Lorne for our management & leadership session with HomeChoice. Lorne dropped everything to help us, as a previous speaker cancelled at the last minute. Lorne was excellent with his leadership communication and relating all examples to the Big Cats with his own outstanding photography.

    We would recommend Lorne to any company looking for a different view to Leadership, Change and Motivation!

    Araminta Hesketh, Head of Warehousing & Logistics @ HomeChoice

  • Angus Mugford
    23 July 2020 at 8:20 am

    Lorne Sulcas shared his ‘Thriving in the Wild’ keynote for our players and staff in our instructional league camp this fall. His passion for the the wild, and deep understanding of teamwork, vision, leadership and getting results hit the mark for us. A performer in his own right, Lorne captivated the audience and shared story after story with some great images to capture the imagination and hit relevant lessons for our players and staff to take away. We’d recommend anyone thinking of having Lorne come and speak to them too.
    Angus Mugford, VP, High Performance, Toronto Blue Jays

  • Chris De Klerk
    15 July 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Motivating content delivered with great energy. Highlighting how the simplicity and the laws of nature can be implemented into our working life. Good for leadership, sales and inspiring your workforce. Thanks Lorne, was great to have you at our Marketing Indaba’s and Sales Summits.

  • Justin Woolford
    15 July 2020 at 5:28 pm

    Lorne was brilliant. He delivered keynote sessions for both our events that we hold in London and Cape Town. The audience was extremely engaged and people loved him. Lorne is highly recommended and unique in so many ways!

  • Chulumanco Dantile
    14 July 2020 at 1:59 pm

    What an amazing speaker!!! Lorne’s ability to capture his entire audience from the beginning of his presentation till the end is remarkable!! The way he translates the wildlife into human life left me in awe! He was definitely worth every penny! Thanks Lorne, you rock!!!

  • Abigail Ellary
    8 July 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Lorne inspires, motivates and influences life learning through what he has, and continues to actually live out! This is what makes his talks so real, authentic, and relevant. Our words create worlds in the minds and imaginations of people; and Lorne takes audiences (small and large) to the worlds that he has actually been to which make for profound real life sharing And impact. Lorne has a unique gift to use the beauty, predictable patterns and unknowns of the “wild world of cats” to help leaders understand and practically navigate the wilds of our own world whether corporate jungle or social enterprise. Lorne is an amazing speaker with fascinating stories that keep audiences engaged, interested and wowed!
    Abigail Ellary, Ellary Solutions

  • Peter Neill
    6 July 2020 at 7:11 pm

    In our rapidly changing world, Lorne has a powerful motivational message for business and teams.
    Lorne is a brilliant communicator with a beautiful voice. His presence is commanding and his presentation truly inspirational. The audience sat spellbound!
    Lorne’s style exudes calmness and confidence, his speech is articulate, his content is worldclass. His wildlife photography is stunning and his stories are mesmerising!
    A lasting impactful message and unforgettable experience, I can highly recommend Lorne to any organisation or team navigating change and striving for growth.

    Peter Neill
    Founder and Managing Partner
    Thrutheline Consulting

  • Brendon Cullingworth
    3 July 2020 at 10:36 am

    What an experience, and what a speaker! Lorne sets the scene in such a way that Wild Africa enters the room, and as your guide Lorne begins to open your eyes to timeless strategies that are unknown to the untrained eye, but emerge through a beautifully natural and sophisticated presentation. The delivery is intelligent and the leaves the audience with immediate skills and perspectives which one is motivated to explore, and which deliver results. Our teams still speak with tremendous positivity about “The Big Cat Guy” (a title that is well deserved).

  • Nuala Gage
    2 July 2020 at 5:51 pm

    I had the privilege of hearing Lorne speak a few years ago. His passionate address, ability to connect with his audience and the excellent message and parallels between the bush, organisations, teams, sales and life has left such a positive impact! Thanks again!

  • Kyle Dutton
    2 July 2020 at 8:11 am

    When we hosted our inaugural Elite Sport Summit featuring delegates representing some of the biggest and most successful elite sports teams around the world, we knew we had to kick off with a bang. Thanks to Lorne, we did just that with a uniquely African presentation that had everyone in the room buzzing. Lorne’s ability to draw parallels between the elite sport world and the African bush is nothing short of mesmerising and there is no doubt that he could do the same for any other field. It was a pleasure to work with Lorne and we will certainly be doing so again. An unforgettable presentation! Kyle Dutton, CONQA Sport Exchange

  • Deborah (Debbie) Botha
    30 June 2020 at 3:32 pm

    I was amazed by the impact of Lorne’s keynote and training sessions on Success Lessons from Africa’s Big Cats. Lorne genuinely inspires his audiences with his knowledge, stories and life experiences in applying principles from the bushveld world to that of success and business. The take-aways are simple but hugely powerful. Lorne is a dynamic and passionate presenter and a true expert.
    Deborah (Debbie) Botha, Learning and Development Consultant at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

  • Aradhana Bageloo
    25 June 2020 at 5:50 am

    Lorne is captivating from the moment he walks into a room. His view on life and business from the lens of nature is humbling and leaves a person reflecting on the simple and the powerful forces in nature. I do look forward to hearing him again.

  • Jason Sandler
    24 June 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Just like the manner that the big cats own their turf Lorne owns the stage.
    The way that he brings these animals behaviour into the context of business is amazing.
    A captivating speaker of note – everyone should get the opportunity to see him in action!

  • Nabeal Dien
    16 June 2020 at 1:04 pm

    The ability to transfer all the aspects of the big cats and bushveld to the team and organisation was not only captivating but very informative. It definitely motivated the team and it was useful how during match situations players tended to reference the talk.
    I would surely recommend Lorne to any business or Pro sports team.

  • Franscois Crots
    14 June 2020 at 5:52 pm

    Lorne’ business approach on real life is challenges is truly amazing. The coaching program that Lorne presented to my team did wonders to pull the team together to hunt as a group and not individuals. I can easily recommend Lorne to your business.

  • Cany Bugler
    9 June 2020 at 8:46 am

    Lorne is an outstanding speaker. His incredible knowledge on all aspects of nature, in particular the big cats and the way he aligns this to business and team performance makes his keynotes apt, fascinating and holds the audience spellbound. As an Event Organiser I have engaged the services of Lorne on many occasions and highly recommend him for your next conference or event. Cany Bugler, TriActive Events Management

  • Gabrielle van Heesch
    4 June 2020 at 10:01 am

    Wow! What a unique and captivating presentation. Lorne’s photography is beautiful, his storytelling spellbinding and the parallels that he draws between Mother Nature and the workplace, are so insightful just amazing. I found his talk hugely motivational and would definitely recommend him.

    Gabrielle van Heesch

  • Sylvia Malinowski
    2 June 2020 at 1:34 pm

    Lorne’s talk for our Mega Connect was captivating and powerful, from beginning to end. His stunning photography and wisdom, which shared ‘Success Lessons from Africa’s Big Cats’ is a combination not to be missed! An absolute treat that was thought provoking and insightful on all levels!

  • Ted Frazer
    22 May 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Lorne recently spoke at one of our Regional Corporate Events and was simply brilliant! Using the firsthand experience he gained as game ranger, he drew insightful comparisons between the habitat and survival antics of the 3 “Big Cats” (Leopard, Cheetah and Lion), to the corporate landscape, demonstrating how an organisation could take valuable learnings from nature and the wild. The audience at our event was mostly made up of sales teams, who all related well to the session, gaining significant insights that they could apply to their daily tasks. Lorne’s delivery was equally powerful, as he took us through an “emotionally charged” journey, recounting some harrowing tales and relating them to a corporate context. Some of his stories were simply amazing and overall, the session was both insightful and entertaining. I would strongly recommend him to any organisation looking to gain an advantage in the increasingly competitive “corporate wilderness” Ted Frazer, Head of Marketing at SEEFF

  • John Elford
    20 May 2020 at 4:45 pm

    Excellent presentation that’s keeps the audience captivated. Wildlife always has messages we can learn by.

  • Gina Marucchi
    12 May 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Wow! Authentic, passionate and captivating. Lorne was able to speak to each person in the audience from Senior Preparatory children to teachers and parents. An invaluable learning experience for all. We did not want him to stop! Gina Marucchi

  • Showcook
    11 May 2020 at 3:57 pm

    Lorne is outstanding! Captivating at every turn with his vast expertise of the bush. Animal lore mirrors so much in life so lessons can be learned!
    Annette Kesler, Editor Showcook.com

  • Louis Slabbert
    7 May 2020 at 4:41 pm

    What an amazing guy that binds his audience from the first minute till the end, powerfull message delivered with passion, that is Lorne! Book him anytime!!

  • Bryce Barnard
    4 May 2020 at 8:38 am

    Lorne, I thought your keynote at the sales conference today was absolutely awesome and so relevant – besides the fact that you tell an amazing story I really enjoyed how your key takeaways followed a structured format that didn’t take any ‘figuring out’. I will have a ‘pow wow’ with my sales team tomorrow and we are going to start implementing your incredible lessons right away. Thank you so much, Lorne. Bryce Barnard, Sales & Idea Guru – Helping Businesses Grow by Increasing their Exposure

  • Mary Jane
    28 April 2020 at 3:34 pm

    I was captivated by Lorne’s motivational talk. He kept my interest throughout. And I absolutely loved the wild life aspect to how life translates itself.
    It’s such an appropriate motivational speech for Africa..I am so bored with American gong ho talks. Lorne is as authentic as life itself.
    Mary Jane, Flexibridge.

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