Stunning video of Kevin Richardson frolicking with lions and hyenas

Yet another wonderful video from the man many call the Lion Whisperer, Kevin Richardson.

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A hyena.

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  • Drew2u

    Last week Nat Geo’s facebook page posted a trip to tanzania sweepstakes to film lions with a Nat Geo photographer, by sending in a 5-minute submission video. I would do it, but it ends at the end of the month (apparently it has been going for almost a year with little-to-no promotion).
    I’d love to do that – big cat advocacy – and I tried at the state-level by asking what a local-ish big cat sanctuary is doing to get laws passed, but they didn’t seem too interested.

  • HeartlandLiberal

    It is not just the lions that are threatened. Elephants, tigers, many or the remaining large cats, all may be extinct within another 100 years.

    We are in the anthropogenic era now, whether we want to admit it, or not. It is not just the weather we are profoundly altering with our growth in population and our activities which alter the ecology and environment.

    We are also altering and decreasing the balance of species diversity, namely be creating conditions world wide that are wiping species out at a rate that is the greatest since the end of the dinosaurs. This accelerated extinction rate has been ramping up through the Holocene. Quoting from summary in Wikipedia:

    The Holocene extinction, sometimes called the Sixth Extinction, is a name proposed to describe the extinction event of species that has occurred during the present Holocene epoch (since around 10,000 BC). The large number of extinctions span numerous families of plants and animals including mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and arthropods. Although 875 extinctions occurring between 1500 and 2009 have been documented by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources,[1] the vast majority are undocumented. According to the species-area theory and based on upper-bound estimating, the present rate of extinction may be up to 140,000 species per year.[2]

    The Holocene extinction includes the disappearance of large mammals known as megafauna, starting between 9,000 and 13,000 years ago, the end of the last Ice Age. This may have been due to the extinction of the mammoth that had maintained grasslands that became birch forests without the mammoths.[3] The new forest and the resulting forest fires may have induced climate change.[3] Such disappearances might be the result of the proliferation of modern humans which led to climate change. These extinctions, occurring near the Pleistocene–Holocene boundary, are sometimes referred to as the Quaternary extinction event. The Holocene extinction continues into the 21st century.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holocene_extinction

  • benb

    I applaud his efforts to preserve those animals but…for God’s sake…don’t romanticize them; wild animals are WILD. My dog, Casey, was…uh…off-put. As he explained to me, “We dogs have invested 30,000 years negotiating with you People to work together and—STILL—there are problems.” So…I have to agree with him. I go with the Star Trek ‘Prime Directive’—don’t interfere.

    I wonder. though, about Casey…hmmm…coud it really just be a Cat thing going on?

  • http://musephotos.wordpress.com/ GarySFBCN

    Love!

  • http://AMERICAblog.com/ John Aravosis

    Then, she rips his head off :) I remember this video, really wonderful. He’s done such amazing things, that you have to think it’s worth it, even if it does carry some risk. What amazing experiences.

  • http://adgitadiaries.com/ karmanot

    Absolutely stunning!

  • Mac and Sandy

    WOW – thanks so much for sharing – I appreciate it and hope to pass it on to many more people

  • FLL

    It’s such a scary thought that if things go badly, there may be no lions in the wild 20 years from now. This guy is doing invaluable work. My favorite clip is of him with a lioness who has just given birth. At the 1:15 mark, the lioness offers Richardson her newborn cub, which is very rare:

  • cambridgemac

    Wow. Thanks so much.

  • cole3244

    amazing stuff.

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