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Lion behaviorist Kevin Richardson and the big cats Napoleon and Tau
Kevin Richardson was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. When he was sixteen, he began his career of a “self-taught behaviorist.” Later he went to college where he started taking courses in physiology and anatomy. He became an exercise physiologist. Kevin revealed that he never thought of working with animals. He always loved them though. He even studied zoology for two years in college, but he thought it would remain a hobby of his – nothing more. In 1997 Richardson got the opportunity to work with two six-month-old baby lions. These cubs, named Tau and Napoleon, became Kevin’s good friends and changed his life forever.
Today Richardson works as a lion behaviorist in the Lion Park in Broederstroom. He continues his bond with Tau and Napoleon who live in the park. When asked about his work and friendship with the big cats, Kevin answered: “Obviously one realizes the danger when working with animals of this caliber, I’ve weighed the pros and I’ve weighed the cons, and the pros far outweigh the cons.”