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, the illegal bush meat trade, unscrupulous hunting, disease and their illegal trade.
There are thought to be as few as 15000-20000 lions left in the wild in Africa. Today the biggest threats lions face are habitat loss (largely due to human encroachment), human – lion conflict (retaliatory and pre-emtive killings), illegal bush meat trade (consequences which include indiscriminate snaring’s and prey depletion), unscrupulous trophy hunting, lion poaching (for the lion bone trade in the far east) and to a lesser extent disease. Lion populations face a combination of these threats in the affected lion range states where numbers are declining.
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Kevin decided to republish due to demand for the book. He has updated a few chapters in the book to reflect his current ever evolving views. They include the chapters on hunting & keeping of lions. Obviously his past is his past, so he can't change those chapters. Read more
We are deeply saddened and shocked by the death of a 22-year old woman at our tented camp in The Dinokeng Big 5 Game Reserve. Our condolences and heartfelt sympathies go out to her family at this very difficult time.
Kevin Richardson commented: “Myself and an experienced colleague took three lions walking in the Reserve, as we do on a weekly basis, as part of their exercise and stimulation regiment. We assessed the landscape for other big 5 animals and as per procedure sent out a notification that we were walking in the reserve. One of the lionesses charged off after an Impala and must have run 2,0 to 2,5km where she encountered the 22 year old outside her car.”
The young woman was not a guest at the camp, but had accompanied her friend to conduct an interview for an assignment with the camp’s manager.
Before leaving the reserve, the two visitors were taking photographs outside the camp where the attack occurred.
“I am devastated and my heart goes out to this young woman’s family.”
You might not think of a dental procedure as dangerous, but when the operation takes place on lions, leopards and hyenas, the stakes are raised.