When it comes to dangerous animals, big cats like lions, tigers or cheetahs are definitely at the top of the list. Although their beauty is beyond imagination, these majestic animals are not quite the type of cats to be with.
However, that doesn’t stop Armand Gerber and his wife Beatrice from spending most of their time with the world’s most dangerous wild cats. The couple run the Iron Throne Predator and Wildlife Park in South Africa, a 200-acre sanctuary where ten lions, three tigers, two leopards and a cheetah live happily among other rescued wildlife.
“All of the animals here are born in captivity, 90 percent of them are kept being raised by us, but the most important thing is that eight of our lions come from a facility that was closed due to bad publicity. In our eyes, these are bailouts, “said Armand.” They have a home forever. I had to defend the fact that we own lions every day, but if I could, I would own all the captive lions in the world. Armand is aware that working with such large animals, which are in fact the best predators, is extremely dangerous. But he says he’s extremely happy to be in this position. However, he concedes that wild animals should be treated with the utmost respect.
“Some people think I’m crazy for doing this job. Some people think I’m testing my fate. You have to remember, I do this for a living and I do it out of love and trust. I forget how much I am lucky to be able to work and love these animals. They are my family, ”said Armand!