Lion whisperer Kevin Richardson has developed an intimate bond with his cats. The images of him getting up so closely with the big cats are as heartwarming as it is fearsome.
Richardson teamed up with wildlife photographer Adrian Steirn to shoot the perfect billboard pictures in December 2015, in which he walked freely with the animals, or even wrestled comfortably with them.
These pictures aimed to depict the plight of Africaâ€™s lions and their future and deliver the public the message, â€œWhat legacy will we leave for our future generations?â€
Richardson has founded a wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 30 of the endangered beasts in a bid to save the species.