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Part of the Pride: My Life Among the Big Cats of Africa
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2014
A boy called Kevin grew up the hard way in Johannesburg, South Africa, but from his childhood he had an interest in animals. Back then it was birds but when he grew up he graduated to cats, big cats. He relates the story of his early life with all its knock backs,rebellion and taste for danger.

Coming after that early background his choice to spend his life building hands-on personal relationships with a variety of predators seems almost like settling down. Far from it though. This is a fascinating, exciting and emotional tale of Kevin's life with captive lions and hyenas, how they built up trust between each other and how on occasions that trust broke down temporarily or for ever. Hyena pups sound like little monsters, born walking, vocal and biting. Even as tiny pups they left their mark on Kevin. Not at all like blind, helpless, little dog puppies.

The main stars of this book are Kevin's brothers Napoleon and Tau two young male lions which become fully grown adult males during the course of the narrative. White lions feature too though I would have liked a comment or two on the distinction and interaction between the white lions and the normal brown lions.

My only small reservation with this book is that at times I found it difficult to work out where particular stories fitted into a sequential timeline. The narrative seems to jump about a little bit in time, a continuity issue. However the passion for the theme shines through. It's a compelling read and I enjoyed it very much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2013
What a fantastic book and amazing life for this man. A dream job/life for a man who loves his animals.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2013
You have just got to get this. Its simply stunning. A must have item for any lover of Big Cats.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 3 January 2013
I bought this book for a Christmas present for my husband, he says it is the best book he's ever read!
The photographs are amazing and Kevin Richardson is certainly a very special person.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 July 2013
Saw this guy on Facebook and wanted to know more about him. Very interesting read. Naturally good with wild animals.
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on 17 January 2015
fantastic, I am happy that I purchase this book. I am enjoying it very much. I have great respect for Kevin.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Kevin has done a wonderful job in describing his life and the problems that can arouse from working with wild animals. I know only too well that animals do sense a person's feelings towards them and act accordingly. He is very fortunate that he has learnt how receptive they are so hope he can carry on for many more years,as these lovely animals need such people like Kevin to understand and appreciate them.
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on 3 November 2014
amazing book! I would read it againt for sure!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2011
Just finished read this book and is complety amazing the story of he's life and how he goes agaisnt every1 to achive an ojective.
i recomend to every one who follows himand love wildlife.
p.s srry for my english.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 7 January 2012
excellent choice and amazing story and wonderfylly narrated a must buy for animal lovers, comes well recommended.
A loving relationship between humans and animals and a lesson for all
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