At first glance, Kevin Richardson may look like any other 35 year old, but when you see his friends, you might have a different perspective…

Kevin has always shown an interest in all types of creatures large and small and from an early age at just 3, was breeding crickets under his bed and keeping a pet toad called “Paddajie”. He grew from a young boy who cared for so many animals that he was called “The Bird Man of Orange Grove” in his home town 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. (Source:

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Kevin is involved in many different projects, including Ingwe Leopard Project, a conservation project aimed at protecting wild leopard in the Mpumalanga Lydenberg area,  and White Lion, a feature film produced by Kevin.

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