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Book Title: Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa|
The author of the book: Kevin Richardson
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 587 KB
Edition: St. Martin's Griffin
Date of issue: November 8th 2016
ISBN 13: 9780312556730
Read full description of the books Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa:In "Part of the Pride", Kevin Richardson, recently dubbed "The Lion Man" on 60 Minutes, tells the story of how he grew from a young boy who loved animals to become a man able to cross the divide between humans and predators, looking some of the world's most dangerous animals directly in the eye, playing with them and even kissing them on the nose-all without ever being attacked or injured. As 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 has caused them to accept him like one of their own into their fold. Richardson allows the animals' own stories to share center stage as he tells readers about Napoleon and Tau, the two 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 birthday. 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.
Read information about the authorKevin Richardson is a South African animal behaviorist who has conducted extensive research on native animals of Africa. He has been accepted into a pack of spotted hyenas and pride of lions.
Since infancy, Kevin has loved all animals. He was breeding crickets and kept a toad called, "Paddatjie" ("Little Frog"), at the age of three.
Richardson was born in the Nightingale Clinic in Johannesburg, South Africa. He spent his childhood in the neighborhood of Orange Grove. His mother, Patricia, worked for Barclays Bank and had also been born in South Africa. Richardson's father, who worked for a pharmaceutical company, had been born in the United Kingdom and moved to South Africa from Reading, Berkshire. Kevin Richardson was the youngest of 5 children: he has an older brother and two sisters who are twins. His father died when Richardson was thirteen years old. When he was about sixteen, he met Stan Schmidt. That was when Richardson began his career as a zoologist.
Richardson went to university and started learning zoology, but quit following two years of repetitive lessons on marine biology instead of mammals. Richardson started his adult life believing that he would never work with animals as a career. He thought that his work with animals would be a hobby. He started taking courses in physiology and anatomy in college and started a career in physiotherapy. and ended up helping people with exercise physiology. When he was twenty-three, he had the opportunity to work with two 6-month-old cubs, Tau and Napoleon, at the Lion Park near the outskirts of his home in Johannesburg. He still works with the grown up cubs. The facility owner, Rodney Fuhr, started him off with a part-time job at the Lion Park.
Richardson and his team work with animals for the commercial filming industry and make documentaries to generate income to fund the facility. They also have a volunteer program which generates income and much needed extra hands to run the sanctuary. Richardson is a self-taught zoologist. He develops a bond with the lions and gets to know them, and has gained renown as a zoologist by living with lions. Richardson has disregarded many safety rules concerning lions, and has dispelled many myths about their training.
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