When it comes to dangerous animals, huge cats like lions, tigers, or cheetahs are definitely on the first list. Despite their beauty beyond imagination, those majestic animals aren’t really the kind of cats to be with.
However, that doesn’t stop Armand Gerber and his wife, Beatrice, from spending most of their time with the most dangerous feral cats in the world. The pair runs the Iron Throne Predator and Wildlife Park in South Africa, a 200-acre reserve where ten lions, three tigers, two leopards, and a cheetah live happily among other wild animals rescued.
“All the animals here are born in captivity; 90% of them are still in our care – but the most important thing is that eight of our lions come from an establishment that was closed because of bad publicity. In our eyes, they are rescues,” Armand said. “They had a permanent home. 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. ”
The saying ‘once a cat, always a cat’ has never been more appropriate, as Armand admits that all of his feral cats adore one thing: to be cuddled. And of course, to play with their friend all day.
Armand is aware that working with such large animals, which are indeed top predators, is extremely dangerous. But he claims to be extremely interested in the position. However, he acknowledged wildlife 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 must remember, I do this for a living, and I do it out of love and trust. I forget how fortunate I am to be able to work and love these animals. They’re my family,” Armand said!