Kevin Richardson is a South African Zoologist who over the years has conducted extensive research on the native animals of the African plains. And in turn has developed an awe-inspiring and heart-warming relationship with these ferocious felines of the South African Savanna. Strapped with a jeep full of GoPro cameras, Richardson takes his crew as close as they can get to these wild creatures, without letting the rest of them get out of the car. Obviously.
Richardson is able to use his unique relationship with these animals to not only interact with them in a playful primal way, but to capture people’s attention and draw awareness to the problems facing the wildlife in Africa. While many people still see Africa as a gaming paradise, teaming with animals to hunt, the numbers of wildlife are dwindling, bringing many animals, including these majestic lions closer on the endangered species list. So much so that he predicts that if we continue down the same road, we will not be able to see any more lions within the next 20 years. When looking for reasons why these animals numbers are dropping Richardson has found a common thread. These wondrous creatures are losing their natural habitats very quickly, due to unscrupulous hunting and human “development”.
The Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary’s mission is to provide a self-sustaining African carnivore sanctuary for the purposes of wild species preservation through education, awareness and funding, especially pertaining to the rapid decline of large carnivores in Africa due to habitat loss, human-predator conflict, unscrupulous hunting, disease and their illegal trade.
Learn more about Kevin Richardson -The Lion Whisperer, and his work with the Wildlife Sanctuary here