Kevin Richardson has a large farm outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, that serves as a sanctuary for several wild animals – including more than 30 lions! He is a self-taught animal behaviorist, and through his intuition has a remarkable ability to get to know the individual personalities of each lion on his property. This unique love and understanding for his lions has caused them in turn to love him as one of their own. I’ve included a couple videos below, in honor of Mother’s Day, where Kevin visits a very special lioness and gets to know her new cubs. He’ll tell you a little about the behavior of a mother lion as well, before and after she gives birth. May these videos brighten your day and warm your heart!
I mentioned in this post that one of the criterion used to group wild cats is whether they purr or roar – As a general rule, cats that purr cannot roar, and cats that roar cannot purr continuously – although roaring cats can create sounds similar to purring. Let’s explore these behaviors in more detail!
A wild animal sanctuary is no place for a dog. Unless the dog works there!
Many sanctuaries ask that when you visit, your dogs stay home. Big cats are very protective of their territory and cat family, and don’t always take kindly to unfamiliar, noisy critters infringing on their property. Not to mention the fact that to a predator like a big cat, a pet dog could be prey.