In his new position, Richardson looks after 39 lions. To manage the wildcats, he relies on his instinct rather than any rigid rules. And to gain the animals’ trust, he has slept, eaten and even lived with them. Yet despite his proximity to dozens of lions, none of them have ever seriously injured Richardson. As a result, his incredible relationship with the beasts has earned him the nickname “The Lion Whisperer.”
Richardson’s fearless approach to big cats has also won him a legion of fans. In turn, the conservationist is using his celebrity status to highlight the plight of lions. With a declining population, Richardson believes that the animals could disappear from the wild within two decades.
As part of his mission to save the lion, Richardson rescues animals in need. And in 2003 the animal expert took in two female cubs, which he subsequently named Meg and Amy. The pair’s mother had abandoned them at birth and left them for dead in a ditch.