Among the most dangerous creatures are lions, tigers, and cheetahs, which are all huge felines that can grow to enormous sizes. Despite their awe-inspiring beauty, these majestic cats are not the kind of cats you should be around.
That does not stop Armand Gerber and his wife, Beatrice, from spending the majority of their time with the world’s most dangerous wild cats. The pair own and operate South Africa’s Iron Throne Predator and Wildlife Park, a 200-acre refuge where ten lions, three tigers, two leopards, and a cheetah live contentedly alongside other rescued wild creatures.
“All eight of our lions came from a facility that was closed down due to bad publicity, so they are all captive-born. We raise 90 percent of the animals here. Armand says they’re rescues in our eyes. They’ve found their forever home. Every day I have to defend the fact that we own lions, but I would like to own all the captive lions in the world if I could. “
The adage “once a cat, always a cat” couldn’t be more accurate, as Armand reveals that all of his wild felines have one thing in common: they all love to be cuddled. And, of course, to spend as much time as possible with their human companion.
It is well known to Armand that dealing with such enormous animals, many of which are top predators, may be highly risky. However, he declares that he is really pleased to be in this position. Wild animals, on the other hand, he acknowledges, should be treated with the utmost respect.
“Some people believe I’m insane for taking on this job. Some believe I’m testing my luck. Bear in mind that I do this for a living, and I do it out of a place of love and trust. I frequently forget how fortunate I am to have the opportunity to work with and adore these animals. They are a part of my family, ” Armand stated.