Bedlington Terriers, Player, Dice and Nora (left to right) take part in the second annual "Meet the Breeds" showcase of cats and dogs at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center on October 17, 2010 in New York City. "Meet the Breeds" is hosted by The American Kennel Club and Cat Fanciers Association, and 160 dog breeds and 41 cat breeds were presented this year. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
Toronto Star Picture Editor Wanda Goodwin shares these delightful images of Kevin Richardson a.k.a "The Lion Whisperer." A new film opening soon in The United States about a rare white lion who escapes becoming a trophy on a wall, is a rare happy ending in a country where more than 1,000 lions are killed legally each year. Kevin Richardson, the man behind the movie, calls himself an "ambassador of lions" and hopes the film will act as one too at a time when foreign tourists are willing to pay up to $40,000 to shoot a big cat.
Kevin Richardson, a.k.a. the Lion Whisperer lays with two of his lions on October 11, 2010, in their enclosure at the Kingdom of the White Lion park in Broederstroom, South Africa. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Kevin Richardson sprays his lions with water and citronella in their enclosure. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Kevin Richardson wrestles playfully with a lioness. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Kevin Richardson shows the size of a lion's tongue. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
A new male calf nudges up to his mother, Imara, a 13-year-old rare eastern black rhinoceros, at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, S.D. on October 13, 2010. According to Elizabeth Whealy, zoo president and chief executive, this latest birth on Oct. 7, 2010 is important to the survival of the world's eastern black rhino population, a critically endangered species. There are fewer than 4,000 surviving in the wild. (AP Photo/Argus Leader, Elisha Page)