Part of the Pride

My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa

Kevin Richardson with Tony Park

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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 forthcoming 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.

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PART OF THE PRIDE
ONEThe Bird Man of Orange GroveI spent my childhood in stitches--the kind the doctor sews into your skin, not the ones you get from rolling around on the floor in laughter. My mom used to say that I was on a collision course with life. She was a smart one, my mom. There was always a certain wildness in me, that I know. When I look back on my early life, it's easy for me now to see the brave lion, the giggling hyena, and the rogue elephant in the things I did then.I loved the outdoors, but when I was growing up my piece of Africa was limited to a few blocks in the white middle-class

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Kevin Richardson in Part of the Pride tells the story of his life and work. As a self-taught animal behaviorist, Richardson has broken every safety rule known to humans when working with wild animals. 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.

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Kevin Richardson calms adult lions

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“Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson has such an intimate bond with big cats that he can spend the night curled up with them without the slightest fear of attack…So instinctively in tune is he with these beasts whose teeth are sharp enough to bite through thick steel, that mother hyenas even allow him to hold their newborn cubs without pouncing to the rescue.”-- Glenys Roberts, The Daily Mail (UK)


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Kevin Richardson with Tony Park

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.

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Part of the Pride
My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa
Kevin Richardson with Tony Park

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St. Martin's Press
September 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429964609
ISBN10: 142996460X
256 pages, Includes sixteen pages of color photographs
$12.99

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St. Martin's Press
September 2009
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312556747
ISBN10: 0312556748
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 256 pages, Includes two 8-page color photo inserts
$25.99
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