The Kevin Richardson Foundation is a non-profit conservation organisation with nature’s most majestic creature, the lion, at its heart. Launched in early 2018, the Foundation is committed to changing and reversing the state of Africa’s declining lion population by purchasing habitat and raising awareness to create safe, natural spaces where lions and other native species can flourish.
Benefitting from the large audience created by the work of Kevin Richardson, known to the world as “the Lion Whisperer”, the Foundation is supported by individual donors inspired by the lions in the Kevin Richardson Wildlife Sanctuary.
In response to the Covid-19 crisis, the Foundation has put its activities on hold to focus its attention on both the food and job crisis that has resulted from the lockdown here in South Africa. Kevin Richardson created a video highlighting the toll the lockdown has taken on our most vulnerable communities, as well as our national parks and wildlife reserves. You can view the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4x4QliL57oU
Partnering with the Southern Lodestar Foundation, 640,000 meals have been delivered to children in the early childhood development age bracket. The Kevin Richardson Foudation is also supporting the staff at Dinokeng game reserve to help avoid pay cuts and retrenchments and to ensure the necessary work of protecting the reserve continues. In April they covered the salaries of staff members and are still campaigning to raise money to continue support where possible.
The Foundation believes we can harness the love of wildlife to bring about social change, and in turn inspire local communities to care for the protection of our wildlife.