Lion Man: Kevin Richardson | South Africa


KEVIN RICHARDSON: Most people look at a lion
and go regal … king of the jungle … but man-eater. I think a lot of people think I’m
dancing with death. Naturally, one’s going to go, well this guy’s crazy and it’s only
a matter of time before he gets eaten. The instinct for an animal to kill or a lion specifically
is always there and when they get into that mode of kill … one bite and you’re dead.
YOU WON’T FIND A LION ROAMING THE WILDS OF AUSTRALIA AND YOU’LL NEVER FIND ANYONE LIKE
THIS MAN. KEVIN RICHARDSON: The truth is there is no
other animal that will humble you quicker than a lion.
IF THE LATE STEVE IRWIN HAD A KINDRED SPIRIT, IT WOULD BE KEVIN RICHARDSON.
HE SHUNS THE COMPANY OF PEOPLE, INSTEAD HIS LIFE CENTERS ON LIVING WITH ONE OF THE MOST
FEROCIOUS PREDATORS ON THE PLANET. KEVIN RICHARDSON: You know I might piss one
of them off one day and he might take my head off but so be it.
TO UNDERSTAND KEVIN’S OBSESSION, I’VE TRAVELED THOUSANDS OF KILOMETRES TO SOUTHERN AFRICA.
KEVIN RICHARDSON: You get adventurers in the world man, pioneers, explorers … without
them, without those people in the world, the world would still be, you know, such a small
little place. Christopher Columbus and all these adventurers … people must have though
they were completely loony in their time. LOONY AS IT MAY SOUND WE’RE HEADING STRAIGHT
INTO LION TERRITORY. KEVIN RICHARDSON: You get some of the prides
are really grumpy and will eat you pretty quickly but it’s only a matter of time before
one of them comes and investigates you and the rest could be history.
TIM NOONAN: You don’t get nervous? KEVIN RICHARDSON: No, no, I think if I was
getting nervous after this period of time, I think I would be sitting myself down and
saying well what are you actually doing here. KEVIN IS PREPARING TO WALK FREELY AMONG A
PRIDE OF LIONS, WITH NO CAGE AND NO PROTECTION. KEVIN RICHARDSON: You’ve always got to observe
who looks like they’re grumpy, who looks like they’re affable before you just go in there
guns blazing. AT THIS MOMENT HIS ONLY ARMED WITH A DEEP
UNDERSTANDING OF ANIMAL INSTINCT AND LION BEHAVIOR.
KEVIN RICHARDSON: I’ll announce myself … you know, I’ll talk to them … and so that they
know it’s me coming. I’ll talk so that they can hear my voice and at least then when you
walk in they know what to expect. BUT THEN SOMETHING INCREDIBLE HAPPENS … THIS
IS A LOVE STORY LIKE NO OTHER. KEVIN RICHARDSON: This feared predator … this
lion, this killer, this man-eater has the ability to show such love.
FAR FROM BEING MINDLESS MAN-EATERS, KEVIN BELIEVES THE LIONS HAVE A GENTLE SIDE THAT
FEW KNOW ABOUT. KEVIN RICHARDSON: What amazes me is they jump
on me, gently, they don’t unsheathe their claws and when they bite me, it’s gentle.
BUT DON’T BE FOOLED … THESE BIG CATS ARE FAR FROM TAME. SO, I’M FILMING FROM THE SAFETY
OF A CAGE AND AS I FOUND OUT, THEY DON’T TAKE TOO KINDLY TO STRANGERS.
TIM NOONAN: Anyone else would run a million miles from these cats. When you walk up to
them, what do you see? KEVIN RICHARDSON: It’s hard to explain what
I see when I walk up to the lions because to everyone else watching their mind obviously
flicks back to documentaries of lions jumping on the back of buffalos’ backs and taking
down wildebeest and zebra … all these big herbivores. So I think people have got that
in their head. To me … these are just my … you know, my friends.
KEVIN RICHARDSON: This is a consequence or a result of 12 and a half years of constant
bonding a brotherhood. KEVIN’S FIRST CONTACT WITH LIONS WAS WHILE
VOLUNTEERING AT A SOUTH AFRICAN WILDLIFE PARK. THERE, HE MET TWO CUBS THAT CAPTURED HIS HEART
… AND HE WON THEIRS. KEVIN RICHARDSON: I met these two lions, I
fell in love with them, there was almost like this bond, I became almost a brother, an honorary
brother … I began to realize that, you know, you can’t just look at all predators out there
and say well that’s how a lion behaves. They’re characters and that’s what I wanted to get
to know. You know I didn’t wake up one morning thinking I was going to go and save the big
cats of Africa, it was more of a progression. TODAY, HE OWNS A 1800 ACRE GAME RESERVE WHERE
FOUR LION FAMILIES RUN WILD. KEVIN RICHARDSON: Before I knew it there was
9, then there was 15, then there was 25, now I’m sitting with 39.
BUT ACROSS AFRICA, THEIR NUMBERS ARE PLUNGING. HUNTED BY POACHERS, POISONED BY FARMERS, THEIR
HABITAT BEING DESTROYED. THEY DON’T GET RELOCATED … THEY JUST GET SHOT.
KEVIN RICHARDSON: Lion numbers have dropped by a staggering amount from around about,
who knows, but from around about 300,000 about 15-20 years ago, down to about 20-23,000 to
this day, which is horrific and means if it continues to decline at that rate, in another
10-15 years … goodbye to lions. THAT’S WHY KEVIN IS PREPARED TO PUT HIS LIFE
ON THE LINE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THEIR DESPERATE PLIGHT.
TIM NOONAN: If they didn’t know you, do you think they might eat you?
KEVIN RICHARDSON: The lions? For sure. TIM NOONAN: What do you think they see you
as? KEVIN RICHARDSON: These lions definitely see
me as more than just a human acting or being an honorary pride member. But then on another
occasion, you sit there and you realize that they do see you as something different but
just accepted you into their clique. So if anyone else had to come here and try and do
this, you know, they’re not really part of this group … if anyone could understand
the love they have for their pet … I could probably say times that by 10 (quite frankly,
that’s how you could get killed by a lion! If he lies on top of you, he could crush you
to death!). I’ll swim with the lions in the river, walk with them in the open areas amongst
the game. I’ll do most things that people would do with their pet dog with the lions.
THAT EVEN INCLUDES AFTERNOON NAPS … TIM NOONAN: Are there times when you’re not
welcome? KEVIN RICHARDSON: Well there’s times when
you feel less welcome into a pride of lions and there’s times when you walk in there and
you just feel like you rule the roost and that everyone’s just full of love and wanting
a piece of you. BUT THEIR VIOLENT INSTINCT IS JUST UNDER THE
SURFACE THE WHOLE TIME. ONE WRONG MOVE AND EVERYTHING CAN FLARE UP.
KEVIN RICHARDSON: Sometimes that biting will turn to real biting very quickly, so that’s
why I just nip it in the bud. If you react badly and you start pulling or you start getting
nervous or panicking he will bite down on you. So you’ve got to just make him realize
that you’re not afraid of him and he can’t just bite your leg at will.
TIM NOONAN: Have you been hurt? KEVIN RICHARDSON: Yes, I get bitten, I get
scratched, I get jumped on, my back gets put out … my shoulders … fortunately I’ve
never been hospitalized by a lion. That scar there and there … is really a lion of his
size bit me accidentally. This K9 here the top one went straight through to the bone
almost. That was really a reaction, he got a bit of a fright and he turned around and
whack right through the arm. TIM NOONAN: Do you worry that one day they
might turn on you? KEVIN RICHARDSON: No I don’t worry about lions
turning on me because the day that, that happens and you start to think about one day will
these lions turn on me you shouldn’t be doing it. Don’t have any regrets, I live a no regrets
policy in my life, so probably do it all the same again if I was brought back down to Earth
again, given a second chance. I like living life, not just existing life and for me I’m
truly living when I’m with the lions.

100 Comments

  1. Helena Paixão August 14, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Essa imagem não sai da minha mente 🌞🌞🌛😴❤️❤️

  2. Frisky August 15, 2019 at 3:13 am

    THIS MAN HAS THE BIGGEST PAIR OF BALLS IVE EVER SEEN

  3. patoer ajjah August 15, 2019 at 4:54 am

    The real tarzan..

  4. bxg81123 August 15, 2019 at 5:30 am

    He is the Lion King!

  5. bluethenewb August 15, 2019 at 6:48 am

    5:00 lmao he grabbed the lion’s tail like a lease

  6. Chandra Bose August 15, 2019 at 7:05 am

    I know you very well I studied you in English language called the lion whisperer

  7. Reeshtan Singha August 15, 2019 at 7:08 am

    Anyone in 15th

  8. ZulFadli Syahril August 15, 2019 at 8:38 am

    Ada orang Indonesia nga'
    Yg komen di sini selain aku

  9. Rafiqaa Putri August 15, 2019 at 11:24 am

    Aku pengen cak ini YaAllah

  10. N2L Entertainment N2L August 15, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    Raise the wild so u can be accepted in the wild they teach you you teach them if he didn’t know how to communicate with the cats body language and being calm he would have been dinner

  11. The Persona Rider097 August 15, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Everyone be like who else was recommended this in 2019

    Bruh I rewatch this every few months lol

  12. mohammed Sy Ho August 15, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    😠

  13. Google Nutzer August 15, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    how can anyone want to kill such a beautiful animal? CANCER TO ALL LION HUNTERS!

  14. gamers more fun August 15, 2019 at 11:14 pm

    Why are you not afraid in lion.. is so amazing

  15. Siamack Dadashi August 15, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    “I like living life, not just existing” amazing words.

  16. asuero astilla August 15, 2019 at 11:50 pm

    Crazy guy!😂😂they will eat you!😂😂

  17. Alan Lloyd August 16, 2019 at 2:38 am

    He's on borrowed time

  18. From The Far East August 16, 2019 at 7:18 am

    I googled 'How to make relationship with lions' and it took me here 😂

  19. Frank Gamino August 16, 2019 at 7:55 am

    Can someone confirm if he is still alive in 2019?

  20. huber max August 16, 2019 at 9:59 am

    Who is watching this in September 2019?

  21. swaroopteja ch August 16, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    Hit like if you are watching in August 3 week

  22. Kartikey Mishra August 16, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Really beautiful 🦁 lions

  23. Hiram Guerra August 16, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    I want to be able to play with lions!

  24. Ellay Hadidi August 16, 2019 at 4:11 pm

    his friends is like lion king’s cast 🤩

  25. elvedin avdic August 17, 2019 at 4:33 am

    That's why shot gun slogs best kill these shits

  26. Steve Smith August 17, 2019 at 4:34 am

    He's insane

  27. Karn sidhu August 17, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Kevin ur A real king 👑

  28. Zulqerneyn 77 August 17, 2019 at 5:31 am

    These are not wild lions

  29. bashero August 17, 2019 at 5:49 am

    Wow..

  30. Gambler Gaming August 17, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Why I am jealous 😅🔥

  31. Music unplugged August 17, 2019 at 8:48 am

    Those big male lion's mouth is bigger than his head. Incredible to watch.

  32. S.D.E.99 August 17, 2019 at 9:24 am

    My cat doesent even know me

  33. Surya 94 August 17, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Keren…

  34. Bang Bokir August 17, 2019 at 12:13 pm

    Imagine going dinner on this guy house

  35. Nurdin Gamerz1 August 17, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Ngeri banget sumpah

  36. salvacion vacunawa August 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Oh be careful Kevin

  37. ประการัง สีรุ่ง August 17, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    He is lion man!!

  38. Ayun Y phach August 17, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    OmG

  39. Rick Shafer August 17, 2019 at 4:58 pm

    Idk dude i love animals but this is a little bit crazy. All it takes is one time they get pissed or even play too rough. Lions are dangerous. They have the ability for affection because they live as family units and are pretty intelligent but can turn any instant and their nature is to kill.

  40. Amit Chauhan August 17, 2019 at 7:55 pm

    The guy who is interviewing kavin comes in the show man vs tribe

  41. G Verse August 17, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    In the jungle the mighty jungle the lion sleeps tonightt

  42. Anton Achmad August 18, 2019 at 12:45 am

    Amazing

  43. S Benn August 18, 2019 at 2:03 am

    I can't teach my dog to stay and this guy has the king of beasts giving him a tounge bath. Very brave .

  44. Little Holmes August 18, 2019 at 2:30 am

    Unbelievable !!!

  45. Mary Jennifer August 18, 2019 at 2:35 am

    Luckiest man on earth

  46. Dilan Senevirathne August 18, 2019 at 4:15 am

    after the lord Buddha and lord Jesus, i have not hear of a man that can tame animals to this level. hats off

  47. Sang Cao August 18, 2019 at 4:23 am

    So amazing ❤️ from Viet Nam . I love animals

  48. Frank Ly August 18, 2019 at 5:24 am

    This overconfident guy is going to get eaten one day.

  49. Michael's Rest day routine August 18, 2019 at 6:25 am

    I wouldn't pick a fight with him hhahaha he got a bunch of strong squads

  50. Prashanth .s August 18, 2019 at 9:19 am

    7:35 I love that moment

  51. Work 24 August 18, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    I wonder what caliber he has on his hip?

  52. Uriel sancto August 18, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    The most saddest part is their death that's the reason l don't put so much affection… because I already loss my two 🐕 dogs…😭😭

  53. yohanna simbolon August 18, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    ❤❤❤❤❤

  54. Gallica - École de langues August 18, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    que lindo!!!

  55. R R D August 18, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Kevin, hats off to your spirit, bravery and way of life ; of respecting the voyagers and trailblazers. Live long. God bless.

  56. ДЕНИС ЛАЗАРЕНКО August 18, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Олег Зубков-2

  57. Yaki López Marín August 18, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    Una preciosidad y los prefiero las personas son más nobles y agradecidos,

  58. Rida Shaikh August 18, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    I too wanna loved by these lions # feeling jealous of u Kevin

  59. tommy Dawson August 18, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    So this guy approaches them out of the blue??

  60. BILL RANDALL August 18, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    GREAT !!!

  61. Superholligan 7.76m August 19, 2019 at 12:19 am

    this guys has an instagram Account named :- the lion wishperer. You can see his daily interactions with lions. 🙂

  62. Zisooe GT August 19, 2019 at 5:06 am

    I think he is the lion king

  63. 詳細 August 19, 2019 at 5:15 am

    羨ましすぎて死亡

  64. CARI JODOH TV August 19, 2019 at 6:44 am

    Bacot

  65. susana luevano August 19, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    El hombre más afortunado y feliz del mundo!!

  66. MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT August 19, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    THE GENTILES WILL BE TAKING CARE OF ALL OUR PETS AND OUR LAND. THERE WILL BE NO DESTROYING ON MY HOLY MOUNTAIN.
    THUS SAITH THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL.

  67. ThreeXD August 19, 2019 at 8:46 pm

    Indonesia ada?

  68. Marina Dorsi August 19, 2019 at 10:00 pm

    You re a wonderfull man ❤

  69. Sri Nithi August 20, 2019 at 12:57 am

    They are bathing u man

  70. Lucky Llama August 20, 2019 at 4:50 am

    He also works with hyenas and other beautiful animals

    This Mans amazing

  71. Joyce Hutchins August 20, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Get your tounge pulled! It sounds outright absurd but then he does it!

  72. True Boxing Fan August 20, 2019 at 5:39 am

    The moment that he pull the tounge hahahaha

  73. kapil jamwal August 20, 2019 at 6:11 am

    Brave Man really….

  74. William Price August 20, 2019 at 6:41 am

    This guy is gonna die, mark my words

  75. alwaysgrowing August 20, 2019 at 7:03 am

    Imagine all these pit bull owners showing off their pits, and I go to the van and bring out a couple full grown lions. 😂

  76. Sumita Roy August 20, 2019 at 7:41 am

    The u tube vedio which gave so much internal satisfaction( that x factor which subconsciously,mind search for).

  77. Lovo Nash August 20, 2019 at 8:24 am

    M still trying to make peace with stray dog but not dat big

  78. alex alexander August 20, 2019 at 8:27 am

    bravo !!!

  79. Majid Hashmi August 20, 2019 at 9:10 am

    Dont believe it . These lions are all payed actors.

  80. arnorian58 August 20, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Awesome, great staff out there

  81. Rian Af August 20, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Indonesia mana suaranya

  82. eko_ heriyadibikers August 20, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    Kevin richardson : look big lion like as friend

  83. Erajen Seo August 20, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    I am freaking jealous. He's so lucky. I really wish I could hug the lion 😭😢

  84. Pierre frantz Mauricette August 20, 2019 at 8:48 pm

    Octubre 2019 mw ap gadel mezanmi janm pe bet saq

  85. Eazy Wayz August 20, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    This man plays with lions.
    Whilst my sister runs away from spiders lol….

  86. Olzz August 20, 2019 at 9:36 pm

    G

  87. Aleksandra August 21, 2019 at 12:34 am

    9:43 this is so sad

  88. Elmo munoz August 21, 2019 at 2:07 am

    Mr. Richardson, how do you feel about trophy hunters that kill these beautiful animals just for sport to stuff or mount them on a wall?

  89. Chocolate Gilford Gilford August 21, 2019 at 2:36 am

    Piss one of them off and they might take your head of…Dont say that Mr Richard's. IT WONT HAPPEN…Please my friend dont say that no more….Keep your faith , that God will continue to bless u with the lions and others….

  90. Nathan August 21, 2019 at 3:01 am

    This man has balls of concrete.

  91. reyrey 16 August 21, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Whos sep 2019?

  92. Alexandra Medichi August 21, 2019 at 5:16 am

    your incredible video brought tears to my eyes. I love animals Too. they are my Friends.

  93. Yash Jangra August 21, 2019 at 5:45 am

    I want one child of lion

  94. jerson sapalaran August 21, 2019 at 6:35 am

    august 21,2019?

  95. Bima 135cc August 21, 2019 at 8:23 am

    🇮🇩Indonesia like

  96. Khoirul Antoni August 21, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Orang Indonesia mana nih

  97. TY Track August 21, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    I can feel their heaviness 😂🦁

  98. movies time August 21, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Say the secret man how u make them kind to u

  99. Kall me Karma August 21, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    Rip him he died

  100. Lucian 530 August 21, 2019 at 7:21 pm

    R.i.p lion man

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