Part of the Pride

Part of the Pride

My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa

Book - 2009
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About a year ago, film started to circulate on YouTube#65533; 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 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 ofthe big cats and their world to show readers a different way of understanding the dangerous big cats of Africa.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312556747
0312556748
Characteristics: x, 243 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Park, Tony 1964-

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ilovewhippets
Aug 07, 2013

This is an Interesting read about Kevin Richardson and his growing knowledge of the predator animals' behaviour.. It turned many of the taught rules of human behaviour around lions, hyenas, cheetahs, etc, on their head! Conventional wisdom is not always based on fact, but could be a misunderstanding of the animal's behavriour, and it can not be based on experience of just one lion or cheetah, for example.. And that's what Kevin gives: his experiences with a number of lions, hyenas and cheetahs, each an individual and a different way of looking at their caretaker and the world!.. If you enjoy animal books and want to learn more about working with and understanding these animals, this book is for you.. I have read much before; yet, I have learned much more from Kevin! I recommend the book!

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MiriamMaf
Jun 10, 2011

Sheesh. Kevin Richardson is an amazing animal whatever he is, but he is no writer.

It was a bit of a chore reading this book. I know it is just a quick outline of how he came to be who he is and how he came to have the talents he does to be friends with the king of the jungle, but I did not get the impression he cared for "writing style" at all.

Two stars for the 'read', and a few more for being who he is.

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johannsen36
Apr 26, 2011

I loved this, although it ain't exactly literature. Fabulous subject. The relationship the author develops with these 'dangerous' predators is unique, but probably shouldn't be. We have much yet to learn about respecting and communicating with other species. We are alike in more ways than we are different. I think that is the essence of this biography. Beautiful beautiful pictures. They alone are worth the trip to the library.

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Mercius
Dec 05, 2010

This is a fantastic read for anyone who loves big cats (or any animals). He’s a fantastic person who has lived a very interesting life working with Lions, Hyenas, and many other animals.

Also, as strange as it sound, I think it helped me understand my puppy a little better.

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