Growing up in my native Bangladesh, I got to know about the Big Cats since my childhood. The world famous “Bengal Tigers” is the national animal of both Bangladesh and India. So basically I grew up seeing the symbol of tigers being used nearly every where in the country. Naturally a sense of strong bond with the big cats was there from the very beginning.
Over the years I learned how these majestic animals are being pushed towards the verge of extinction by us, the Humans. I am no expert on this but I just couldn’t simply accept the fact that these beautiful animals are loosing their habitat the Sundarbans, the largest mangrove forest in the World because of us. It’s not like we humans are not doing anything about it. Initiatives are being taken to preserve big cats but it’s not quite good enough and who knows it better than Kevin Richardson?
I go to YouTube every now and then to watch big cat related documentaries and in one lazy night I got to know about this great Human being, the Lion Whisperer Kevin Richardson. If I am not wrong, most probably that was a documentary film by the National Geographic. It left me thinking, wondering how far the possible human and animal coexistence can go? what exactly we can do to give their habitat back to them and give them a place to live just like any other animal? This is a very serious question with no easy answer in sight.
Kevin Richardson – The Lion Whisperer.
Despite of all the odds and complexity around this issue, individuals like Kevin gives us hope. Kevin, a South African by born and a self-taught animal behaviorist. He runs “Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary” that is the home of African Lions, Leopards and Hyena. The dropping Lion population in Africa touched Kevin, so much so that he took it as his responsibility to raise public awareness and educate people on the need to protect and conserve Africa’s animals.
One his website, he explained his sanctuary’s mission as:
The Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary’s mission is to provide a self-sustaining African carnivore sanctuary for the purposes of wild species preservation through education, awareness and funding, especially pertaining to the rapid decline of large carnivores in Africa due to habitat loss, human-predator conflict, unscrupulous hunting, disease and their illegal trade.
Feel free to listen to his important message for everyone.
You can find more information on Kevin’s work from his website. You can also connect with him through the Facebook page, follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Vine. He also runs a YouTube Channel where you can find him interacting with his larger family. Most importantly, if you like his causes feel free to donate from his website. It does make a difference. Thank you.