Kevin Richardson

The expedition leader is Kevin Richardson. After graduating with a BSc in Anatomy and Physiology, Kevin began his career in postoperative rehabilitation. He made a dramatic career switch at the age of 23 when he was given an opportunity to work with lions at a local lion park.
As a self-taught animal behaviourist, Kevin now operates a wildlife sanctuary, and in working with his lions he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them. His unique method of getting to know their individual personalities: what makes each of them angry, happy, upset, or irritated - just like a mother understands a child - has led them to accept him as one of their own.

Kevin’s special relationships with these large predators has opened many doors and captivated the imagination of people throughout the world.  He has presented and produced several documentaries that detail his relationships with the animals, and highlight the plight of lions both in captivity and in the wild.
Kevin has also written a book appropriately named, "Part of the Pride" detailing his work over the years with the large carnivores and is now affectionately known by his fans worldwide as “The Lion Whisperer”.

Through his remarkable relationships with the animals, he has also made a name for himself in the feature film industry as one of South Africa’s leading animal handlers and advisors. He has also been featured on many local and international news and documentary programs including Sky News , CNN, ABC News, NBC, CBS, Carte Blanche and Top Billing.

His most ambitious project to date was producing and animal wrangling for dramatic feature film called “White Lion”. The film took over four years to make and is about the life of a young white lion, Letsatsi who survives against all the odds to become an adult and find a pride of his own.


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