Part of the Pride : My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa
by Kevin Richardson
Editor: St Martin’s Press
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About a year ago, the film began to circulate on YouTube(R) by a remarkable man named Kevin Richardson, an animal guardian in South Africa, the animal parkThe film showed Richardson in his daily work, looking for some of the world’s most dangerous animals directly in the eyes, squatting, at their level, playing with them, and even sometimes kissing them on the nose without ever being attacked or injuredFilms of popularity soared, and Richardson became an international sensationIn the “Part of Pride,” Kevin Richardson tells the story of his life and work, how he grew up from a young boy who cared for a large number of animals that he was called “The Orange Grove Bird Man” to a teenager who ran wild and, finally, to a man who is able to cross the gap between humans and predatorsAs a self-taught animal behaviourist, Richardson has broken all the safety rules known to man when working with these wild animalsMaking fun of common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s mind 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 personalities, making each of them angry, happy, upset or irritated, just as a mother understands a child has made him accept him as one of their own in their foldLike any other person who really loves animals, Richardson allows their own story to share at the center of the stage as he said readers about Napoleon and the Tau protein, the two male lions he calls his “brothers”; the incredible Meg, a lioness Richardson learned to swim; the fierceness of Tsavo who savagely attacked; and heartbreaking little hyena called Homer who did not live to see his first birthdayRichardson also reviews his work on the film’The White Lion’, and has much to say about the state of agriculture and hunting lion in South Africa todayIn the “Part of Pride,” Richardson, with novelist Tony Park, plunges into the spirit of the big cat
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