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The Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary has one goal: to protect Africa’s apex predator, the king (and queen) of the jungle.

Richardson, known as “The Lion Whisperer,” provides education and awareness, encouraging both his volunteers and his thousands of YouTube subscribers to preserve the wild species.

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During his “volunteer enrichment and lion enrichment” walk, Richardson grazed the savannas of South Africa with male lion Bobcat and female lion Gabby. Both lions are incredibly “affectionate,” according to him.

Despite the beautiful lion hugging session between man and beast, the volunteers remained in the truck, filming nearly five to seven feet above the potentially fatal interactions.

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