Zoologist and self-taught animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson, aka "The Lion Whisperer," has a unique relationship with animals that has been cultivated over years of caring for large predators like lions.
His affinity for animals began at an early age with smaller creatures he kept as pets, including crickets and a toad named "Paddajie."
Eventually Richardson's fascination with wildlife grew to a degree that led him to break the rules of safety and get in close with carnivorous wildlife.
Richardson's bond with animals leaves most questioning their tactics. His biography explains: "He does not use the common methods of breaking the animal’s spirit with sticks and chains, instead he uses love, understanding and trust.