www.lionwhisperer.co.za/ nKevin Richardson shares an extraordinary bond with Africa’s most fearsome predators, and together with them, he has experienc...
www.lionwhisperer.co.za/ nKevin Richardson shares an extraordinary bond with Africa’s most fearsome predators, and together with them, he has experienced quite some adventures.
However, moving 27 lions and 14 hyenas to a new home presents a different challenge.nThe lions’ new home will be a sanctuary on the edge of Dinokeng, a South African game reserve spanning 18,500 hectares.
A huge task lies ahead of Kevin: planning and designing the new enclosures and securing permits to move the animals.nTo prevent stereotypical behaviour developing out of frustration and boredom, Kevin tries to make sure his animals live as enriched of lives as possible.
The animals are therefore regularly rotated into new enclosures, encouraging them to explore and establish new territories as they would in the wild.nMeanwhile, work on the animals’ new home at Dinokeng is still in progress.
Kevin takes us on a tour of the already existing and occupied enclosures and explains how their design is crucial in meeting the animals’ requirements.
However, the permits to move the animals are held up.
Everything takes longer than anyone predicted.
And every day, the pressure to move the animals increases.nWeeks away from the move, the permits are turned down.
When they are eventually granted, moving the animals presents the next major challenge.
Being able to understand the individual characteristics of his animals will be key to moving them safely.
But a few of them are not that keen on climbing into the specially adapted van.
Can the reluctant Lions and Hyenas be persuaded to join in on the move?