WOW. The Man Who Hugs Wild Lions Brought a Go-Pro This Time (Video)

Kevin Richardson is known as the lion whisperer, and I think that term is perfectly accurate. He has literally made himself part of a pride of lions, as well as a group of hyenas.

Watch Kevin hug, cuddle and play with these wild predators. He also attaches Go-Pros on the backs of some of the lions and hyenas, so you can see things from their perspective as well.

If this isn’t the most amazing intimate footage of lions and hyenas you’ve ever seen, I’d be very surprised.


515 thoughts on “WOW. The Man Who Hugs Wild Lions Brought a Go-Pro This Time (Video)”

    1. How about wild animals don’t want or need hugs. He will eventually be eaten as they all do. Stay out of the jungle please.

  1. It is so obvious there is a mutual admiration between this man and the lions. A respect that very few of us will ever know. It is beautiful, serene and amazing. If we could all just have this loving relationship with animals, what a wonderful world this would be.

  2. Oh my goodness! Incredible article dude! Thank you, However I am experiencing problems with your RSS. I dont understand why I can’t join it. Is there anybody having the same RSS problems? Anyone who knows the answer will you kindly respond? Thanx!!

  3. It’s cute until this wild animal gets pissed and decides to bite him in the jugular….then everyone will want it killed. Leave wild animals alone. They are not pets!

    1. Yeah, they’re not his pets. He owns a sanctuary in South Africa. These are animals that were raised in captivity and can’t be placed in the wild. Educate yourself before you go off on him.

    2. No they are not pets and he isn’t say they are. what he is saying is we are destroying what they need to live. as a wildlife rehabber I have people say to me they are wild animals that we shouldn’t interfere, and I say to them I will leave them alone when all people leave them alone. When we stop putting barriers a long our highways so the animals can’t cross without getting trapped and killed. When we stop building house were they use to be woods. when we stop polluting the water and air. When everyone understands that we are one here. We are all connected. When one species is gone there are five other species that needed that one to survive. we are kill our selves on species at a time.

  4. Reblogged this on The Leather Library and commented:
    This has to be one of the most beautiful and endearing things I have seen in a while. I love the idea of reconnecting with nature and Richardson proves that the “beasts” that we portray all other animals but ourselves to be are not so beastly after all and do possess the emotions of that we “higher beings” possess.

  5. This is just like the Grizzly Bear guy. Eventually he was killed by the Grizzlies but he did an amazing thing for a very long time.

    1. What was the amazing thing he did for so long? Protect some bears that are already protected. Please Matt, move out of LA or New York and come live in the real world bro!

  6. That dude is going to get eaten one of these days just like those two idiots who were living with the Brown Bears in Alaska. Enjoy it while you can…..

    1. Ditto. Timothy Treadwell and his girlfriend. It went something like this: “Now, Bear, you go away. Go away Bear. Just go away. GO AWAY. G…. RUN!” [snarl/screams]. I totally agree. It’s fascinating to see the “Beastmaster” act, but I think it’s just asking to be dinner. Also the crocodile’s buddy.

      1. These lions have been raised by this gentleman since cubs – Tim Treadwell was an uneducated moron who wanted to be close to “wildlife” thinking that being close by them would make them bond with him . Kevin Richardson acknowledged that people get a false sense of security around wild animals ….huge difference !

  7. My husband and I will be returning to Tanzania for the third time this summer. Your video is amazing. Africa is our favorite place in the world to visit. Thanks for such a wonderful video and making me excited about returning.

  8. My husband and I will be returning to Tanzania for the third time this summer and your video made me more excited than ever to return. Wonderful work and fun you do. Thanks for the video.

  9. Reblogged this on morvenkynoch and commented:
    What initially inspired me to Use film within my Digital narrative project for universtiy. WISH i had the £300 pound spare to buy the Go Pro camera, there is so much i would do with it. But alas, i do not get any financial help from the government with my university studies, i am constatntly struggling just to pay petrol to be in uni as much as they want us to be. And the amount of time they want us to use to study for the degree leaves me with very little time even to get dinner for myself some evenings or have and commit to a job that would supply me with enough money to survive and attend uni, BA Hon’s degrees are certainly not a walk in the park. But all that considered i am finding it highly mentally engaging, and actually enjoying the opportunities being given to me to test myself and push my creative processes.

    Please check out my other blog pawsforthought at for videos of my world from a small dogs perspective.

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