South African lion tamer Kevin Richardson is an animal behaviorist, romps around with powerful predators like he’s part of the pride. Widely known as the “Lion Whisperer”, Richardson has recently completed a film about the lions he lives and works with called ‘White Lion – Home… is a Journey’.
He said that the number of lions in the wild has dropped from about 350,000 to an estimated 25,000 to 30,000 in the last 15 years. He hopes his movie and the media attention he’s getting will raise public awareness of the need to protect Africa’s wildlife.
“What I do is unconventional,” he said off-camera. “My methodology is to form relationships with colleagues. I call the animals colleagues. I’m a custodian over them. I don’t own them. I’m a caregiver.”
Kevin Richardson doesn’t fear his animals. He’s developed a close relationship with the lions that allows him to interact with them as one of their own
Kevin in a lake with ‘Meg’, a 400-pound lioness that loves to swim with him.
Remember: Cats hate water!