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Why Are South African Lionesses Given Birth Control?

Short | 02:55

While wild lions are still under threat, captive lions in South Africa are in abundance. In order for Kevin Richardson to avoid overcrowding and abuse, he gives each of his female lions contraceptive implants.

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Animal behaviorist Kevin Richardson is tasked with his greatest challenge yet: moving 27 lions, 14 hyenas and four black leopards to a new sanctuary, but relocating these predators is the least of his problems. After months of clearing bureaucratic hurdles, the permits to transfer the animals are turned down weeks before the move. See how these wild animals are prepared for their new lives in a new reserve and how Kevin's fight to gain permission keeps him away from his four-legged family, straining relationships it took over a decade to build.

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