Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa

Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa

by Kevin Richardson, Tony Park
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Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa by Kevin Richardson, Tony Park

About a year ago, film started to circulate on YouTube® of a remarkable man named Kevin Richardson, an animal custodian in a South African animal park. The film showed Richardson in his day-to-day work, looking some of the world's most dangerous animals directly in the eye, crouching down at their level, playing with them and, sometimes, even kissing them on the nose--all without ever being attacked or injured. The films' popularity skyrocketed and Richardson became an international sensation. In "Part of the Pride", Kevin Richardson tells the story of his life and work, how he grew from a young boy who cared for so many animals that he was called "The Bird Man of Orange Grove" to an adolescent who ran wild and, finally, to a man who is able to cross the divide between humans and predators. As a self-taught animal behaviorist, Richardson has broken every safety rule known to humans when working with these wild animals. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal's spirit 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 individual personalities, what makes each of them angry, happy, upset, or irritated—just like a mother understands a child—has caused them to accept him like one of their own into their fold. Like anyone else who truly loves animals, Richardson allows their own stories to share center stage as he tells readers about Napoleon and Tau, the two male lions he calls his "brothers"; the amazing Meg, a lioness Richardson taught to swim; the fierce Tsavo who savagely attacked him; and the heartbreaking little hyena called Homer who didn't live to see his first birthday. Richardson also chronicles his work on the feature film "The White Lion" and has a lot to say about the state of lion farming and hunting in South Africa today. In "Part of the Pride", Richardson, with novelist Tony Park, delves into the mind of the big cats and their world to show readers a different way of understanding the dangerous big cats of Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429964609
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 09/01/2009
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 750,680
File size: 504 KB

About the Author

KEVIN RICHARDSON is an animal custodian and self-taught behavioralist at Kingdom of the White Lion. Previously featured on CBS and NBC, he is also the producer on an upcoming feature film, White Lion: Home is a Journey, starring real lions. He lives in South Africa.

TONY PARK, is the author of six other books set in Africa, including Silent Predator and African Sky. He splits his time between Africa and his home in Australia.


Kevin Richardson is an animal custodian and self-taught behavioralist at Kingdom of the White Lion. Previously featured on CBS and NBC, he is also the producer on a feature film, White Lion: Home is a Journey, starring real lions. He lives in South Africa.
TONY PARK grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney. He has worked as a newspaper reporter in Australia and England, a government press secretary, a public relations consultant, and a freelance writer. He is also a major in the Australian Army Reserve and served in Afghanistan. He and his wife, Nicola, divide their time between their home in Sydney, and southern Africa.

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Part of the Pride: My Life among the Big Cats of Africa 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anyone who loves these majestic creatures will appreciate and admire the courage and selflessness of Mr. Richardson. He will open your eyes and heart to the struggles these great cats face and how we can help. Great book and wonderful to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very intersting story. However, he has so many stories to tell so each story didn't get down to in the detail that I would like to know. Makes you want to live the life he doesn. He makes everything easy and very intersting. You feel that you are there and know each cats that he was raising. I liked this book and was very well written to keep your interst but I didn't fell sutisfaction when I finished reading. Was little different than what I expectged and little disappointed that didn't really understand how he really worked with each animal. The story like this would help everyone gain better understanding about animal that easy to get miss conceptions. I would love to see part 2 to see how those are doing now and if this book helped his work.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I first saw this amazing man on YouTube when their where a couple of documentaries done regarding his relationship with the animals he cares for. For me Kevin Richardson became such an inspiration almost immediately. The love and respect Kevin shares with these majestic and incredible animals is so beautiful in my eyes. My passion for animals has always been the only constant in my life. I just have so much respect for the message that this man is sending with this book and just by truly loving these amazing animals. The book is written so well. Kevin Richardson opens the door for the reader to take a journey into his life. I loved every word.
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Loved this book, couldn't stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning of this book really made it difficult for me to "like" the author. He appropriately starts his memoir during his childhood and teenage years but his character really put me off. What an a***ole. Really. I must give him credit for actually portraying himself as the little punk that he was, but as his story continued it became hard for me to relate or appreciate him. Once the story switches to his relationship with lions it is quite fascinating, though obviously not written by a practiced author. The jumps between chapters lacked congruancy to me, also he repeats a few stories. Overall, a worthwhile read, but the author seems like a complete jerk, which is hard fir me to get past, and the storyline is somewhat choppy and poorly written. High rating is for the lions.
GrandmaCN More than 1 year ago
This is delightful. Makes you understand how we are all so different but alike in loving animals. How we need to care for all animals and take and active roll in conservation. We need to care about our environment. He is a great story teller and animal lover.
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I just finished this book and LOVED it! I am a lifelong animal lover and read a review of this book recently in a magazine and decided I had to read the book myself. The way the stories are told are enjoyable and easy to follow. You can feel the love Kevin Richardson has for his animals through this words. Who hasn't dreamed of being able to stand next to their favorite wild animal and make friends with it, okay well maybe only us animal lovers do that....well Kevin has and the stories delighted me. An easy, enjoyable read. Well told story, a peek inside the life of a lucky person.
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