Part of the Pride My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa

About a year ago film started to circulate on YouTube of a remarkable man named Kevin Richardson an animal custodian in a South African animal park The film showed Richardson in his day to day work looking some of the world's most dangerous animals directly in the eye crouching down at their level playing with them and sometimes even kissing them on the nose all without ever being attacked or injured The film's popularity skyrocketed and Richardson became an international sensation In Part of the Pride Kevin Richardson tells the story of his life and work how he grew from a young boy who cared for so many animals that he was called 'The Bird Man of Orange Grove' to an adolescent who ran wild and finally to a man who is able to cross the divide between humans and predatorsAs a self taught animal behaviorist Richardson has broken every safety rule known to humans when working with these wild animals Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal's spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them 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 caused them to accept him like one of their own into their foldLike anyone else who truly loves animals Richardson allows their own stories to share center stage as he tells readers about Napoleon and Tau the two male lions he calls his 'brothers' the amazing Meg a lioness Richardson taught to swim the fierce Tsavo who savagely attacked him and the heartbreaking little hyena called Homer who didn't live to see his first birthdayRichardson also chronicles his work on the feature film The White Lion and has a lot to say about the state of lion farming and hunting in South Africa today In Part of the Pride Richardson with novelist Tony Park delves into the mind of the big cats and their world to show readers a different way of understanding the dangerous big cats of Africa


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    I should have loved this book but I didn't Cats of any size are my favourite animals and that may have been why I couldn't love this book It wasn't really about the lions it was about Kevin Richardson He came across as someone who has a large ego and spent a great deal of the book talking about himself The lions were only mentioned in connection with Kevin which I suppose is fair enough considering the title of the book Part of the Pride MY Life Among the Big Cats of Africa He's also one of those folks who do whatever they please no matter how foolhardy that action might truly beI do respect his love for the lions and other animals he is involved with He is a most fortunate man to have had the privilege of interacting with these magnificent cats Perhaps someone else should have written the book and then I might have enjoyed it Hard to say2 Stars Blah It didn't do anything for me