Monday, April 13, 2009
Kevin Richardson. !
There are lion tamers, and then there are lion tamers. Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson has such an incredible gift with wild animals that he can spend the night curled up with lions without trepidation or fear of being attacked. Cheetahs, leopards and hyenas hold no threat to him.
Its a dangerous job but to Kevin, its more of a passion for him.
Richardson is based in a wildlife conservation area near Johannesburg in South Africa, where he works his unusual gift with wild animals.
Animal behaviorists typically study the behavior of social groups of animals and the social structure within them. Kevin is so instinctively in tune with these beasts that volatile mother hyenas even allow him to hold their newborn cubs without leaping to the rescue in attack.
But lions are his favorite. He lavishes them with unconditional love, he says, treating each individual differently, speaking to them, caressing them, and above all, treating them with respect.