He is called The Lion Whisperer for a very valid reason!

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)

Kevin Richardson snuggles a lioness to his chest. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)