Unicorn's Guide to the Galaxy - uh Sanctuary ^,^
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~*~ Is Kevin Richardson a hypocrite? ~*~ Breeding ~*~ Releasing ~*~ Cub Petting ~*~
~ Canned Lion ~ Ask Meg & Amy + misc. ~ Teeth ~ Surgery ~ Hyena ~ Leopards ~ Enrichment ~ Volunteering ~
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Meg and Amy were the two special lionesses that enlightened Kevin to the ills of the captive lion industry many years ago. The story of how they met and changed the direction of his life is in some of his videos, but, in a nutshell: He didn't own them at the beginning, just worked with - and loved ^_^ - them at a lion park, and they were sold out from under him. He immediately went to fetch them back and found them in a sea of lionesses at a breeding farm. He decided he wanted control over what happened to the animals he had come to care very much for and was eventually able to purchase them and move them to what would become KRWS - the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary.
"Ask Meg" became a way of Kevin answering questions visitors would post to his social media platforms. Spending a lot of time with Meg and Amy, Kevin could share that enriching time with viewers while also spreading awareness and information about lions and other wildlife. Meg was more tolerant of him talking all the time. ^_~
Scents & Sense Abilities series
~ lion pt1 ~ lion pt2 ~ lion touch ~ lion sight pt1 ~ lion sight pt2 ~
~ hyena ~ hyena touch ~ hyena hearing ~
~ leopards ~ leopard touch ~ leopard sight ~ leopard super senses ~
ASK MEG & AMY
trophy hunters don't like him ^^ - and what would happen to captive lions when industry is stopped
Meg vs monitor lizard - also about how he came to raise them
Meg's camera lost & found
Aw, Kevin, you are fighting for them! ^_~
why protect lions?
apex predators are essential and other topics
how we feel about zoos - I, myself, have felt for a long time that zoos have outlived their purpose, and small ones without quality, spacious enclosures should be repurposed to focus more on providing education about the animals than on status quo of having a live one. Perhaps even some of the confiscated stuffed animals and parts sitting in warehouses can be given to zoos to put in the small cage areas for informative displays with appropriate scenery to reflect their natural habitats instead of housing live animals. Eventually, I'll get around to doing a big long page about it. ^_~
would they attack others? - uh, yeah... Some people are so silly! ^_~ Please, don't go into the space of animal strangers and expect them to have no problem with it. How many of you get barked at by dogs you pass? A lion's not going to bark, and they won't always snarl. They'll have other warnings, but most people won't recognize them until it's too late.
without Kevin's relationship, they would just be lions in cages
catnip, drought and how we need to coexist with nature
everyone can change little things, they'll add up...
cat up a tree!
~ I'm going to add a paragraph, or two, or three, for this one. ^_~ It hasn't yet ceased to amaze me how some people are aghast, "Why don't they turn on him? They're wild animals!" Yes, they're wild animals. Unfortunately, some people equate "wild" with "vicious" or "mindless killers". I recall a quote from a poster I had as a teen, "Man calls an animal vicious when it defends itself when he tries to kill it." That's pretty backwards.
Lions are no more inherently interested in going around killing people than a bee is in going around stinging people (and that is from someone who's been on the receiving end too many times! ^o^). Lions are intelligent, and so is Kevin: If one of them doesn't want him in their space, he'll respect that. They trust him, and enjoy his company, and have no reason to kill him. Kevin has a familial bond with the lions in his Sanctuary, developed over years and years of caring for them. It's not like he just goes willy-nilly into enclosures with any old captive lions that he doesn't have a respectable relationship with.
Now, if a stranger were to just waltz in there with them, of course that wouldn't end well, as the lions would feel the need to assert themselves over an intruder to defend their territory and pridemates. If you don't respect Nature and get hurt, that doesn't make Nature "vicious man-killers".
Perspective: Some of the most dangerous animals in the world don't have claws or fangs. ;p (see pg41)
On this note, as I often see reporters and commentors using the word "tame": Kevin never ever claims his lions are tame. You will get hurt, or killed, if you don't respect that lions in parks are wild animals that are habituated to humans, therefore not afraid of humans. Habituated - not "domesticated". Captive lions are NOT "tame". (In the videos you can quite plainly see there are "wild animal" warnings all over his Sanctuary.) Now, imagine if this lioness didn't like you. ^,^
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