Kevin Richardson, a zoologist and animal behaviouralist, has raised and trained some of the most dangerous animals known to man. To do this he does not use the common methods of breaking the animal’s spirit with sticks and chains, instead he uses love, understanding and trust.
Each year, lions are raised in captivity in South Africa and then set loose in enclosed areas where hunters, many from the United States, gun them down. The toll in what one filmmaker calls slaughter, not sport: about 1,000 lions each year.
Kevin Richardson hopes a new movie, White Lion, will give people second thoughts about participating in such hunts. “I just can’t understand how anyone would want to shoot a lion that is clearly confined to a finite space with absolutely no hope in hell of ever escaping the so-called hunter,” said Richardson.
A short video showing Kevin Richardson and some of his animals on the feature film ‘White Lion-Home is a Journey’: