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Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa Paperback – November 8, 2016
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Starred Review. In his first book, lion keeper and animal behaviorist Richardson, a popular YouTube fixture with a feature film on the way, chronicles his life and career while explaining his unique ability to gain the trust of predators like lions and hyenas. Working at the South African Lion Park and the Kingdom of the White Lion sanctuaries, Richardson has been accepted by some of his lions as a brother, "sometimes even a father... a friend to others, and an acquaintance to the rest." Native South African Richardson mingles with his animals freely; though he has been attacked, he credits his "lifelong love-affair with dangerous things" for his ability to keep cool. (Although, on being nearly mauled to death early in his career, he says, "What do you do when a lion is trying to eat you? Anything you can think of.") After leaving university, Richardson met Rodney Fuhr of the Lion Park, located in the Johannesburg suburbs, and worked his way from staff physical fitness coach to full-time animal trainer and film-maker. An engrossing account of a young life in Africa, this adventurous tale also provides amazing insight into the minds of Africa's most beautiful and dangerous creatures. Color photos. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson has such an intimate bond with big cats that he can spend the night curled up with them without the slightest fear of attack…So instinctively in tune is he with these beasts whose teeth are sharp enough to bite through thick steel, that mother hyenas even allow him to hold their newborn cubs without pouncing to the rescue.”-- Glenys Roberts, "The Daily Mail" (UK)
"Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson has such an intimate bond with big cats that he can spend the night curled up with them without the slightest fear of attack...So instinctively in tune is he with these beasts whose teeth are sharp enough to bite through thick steel, that mother hyenas even allow him to hold their newborn cubs without pouncing to the rescue."-- Glenys Roberts, "The Daily Mail" (UK)
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Kevin Richardson says people say he has a gift. He does not feel he does. The gift he has, is AWARENESS. This makes him pay attention to details, sensations, his gut, his unconscious mind revealing truths in the NOW. Its being in tune or in touch with who you are...which these days is so hard for so many. He lives from his heart and soul and opens a door for greater realities to unfold. It is a beautiful thing to see him engage with his pride of lions and lionesses and all his other hyena friends. He associated with all kinds of animals growing up. This helped him to NURTURE...to care at a deep knowing level. We are all capeable of these qualities....IF we open up to them. They have some great photos in the book with Kevin and his lions. I love them. I had seen him on youtube before I read this book. He is awesome. His courage is amazing! His strong spirit grips your heart...and squeezes your compassionate out for these predators. I am a LEO the lion so I already relate to these noble giants in my own way. Get this book...and then follow your heart which leads you plunging into his Wild world with more
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I thought the book was a good read. I don't like suspense, and the book started out building a climax and then broke, leaving you in suspense for an undetermined amount of time. I don't care for that, but I did get the answer to the questions I had, later on. Kevin is an animal behaviorist, not an author so I have to give him great credit for telling his story and how well he did it. The book had a lot of interesting details, events and such, both happy and sad. I'm happy I got the book and hope it helps his cause.
I would like to see more from Kevin, I have questions such as how does he train his dogs? Does he use the same technique on domestic pets as wild animals? I would like to know more of his training philosophy in particular how it relates to the canine world. As a person who knows more than 95% of the population on dog training, I can say I was able to gather some key concepts from his methods to try and integrate to dog training/understanding.
Kind of pricey, but it is for a good cause. I liked it.
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I got the hardcover edition from 2009. Good quality book, and great read!Read more