Kevin Richardson is a self-taught zoologist who tried to get a degree in zoology in college, but quit after two years of repetitive lessons on marine biology instead of mammals.
At the age of 23, he came across the chance to work with two 6-month old cubs at the Lion Park near the outskirts of his home in Johannesburg.
Richardson spent the majority of his lion career on 1600 acre Lion Park in Broederstroom a town 35 miles north of his hometown.
Currently, Richardson has a special facility called the Kingdom of the White Lion in Broederstroom a small city 50 miles from Johannesburg.
Sky News traveled to Africa to meet Kevin and his prides of lions. Kevin considers himself an animal behaviorist. Astounding wildlife experts around the world with his unique abilities with wild animals, especially big cats.
To educate the public and help with the expenses in caring for his animals, Kevin sits down in his yard with two dogs, two lion cubs, a baby, spotted hyena, and a leopard cub in a video promoting his book "Part of the Pride." As part of the promotion of his book, David gives an intro visual version of what you are going to find within its pages.
Having a bond with a wild animal is a gift that not everyone is capable of doing. It is visible to see in his films, that his animals love him. In 1969 a similar story about two young men John Rendall and Ace Berg, made London news when they purchased a lion cub to from "Harrods" When the lion named Christian got to big to keep in their London flat, they released him back into the wild.
A year after his release they returned to see Christian, and video taped the reunion. Almost forty years later, this story became worldwide news when it went viral with over 6,000,000 hits on Youtube. This decades-old footage of a full-grown lion joyously embracing two young men like an affectionate house cat. In 2009 on the Today Show, Christian's story resurfaces with a new book by Rendall and Berg called "The Story of Christian"
It isn't often that love is on display for the world to witness between a man and a wild animal. Love not written into a script, but real and touching those who see it.