Well known for his work on the African lion, Gareth Patterson is an environmentalist, independent wildlife researcher and author who has worked tirelessly for more than twenty-five years for the greater protection of African wildlife.
Gareth’s love for the wild has spurred various projects surrounding animal rights. He is the author of Cry for the Lions (1989), Where the Lion Walked (1991), The Lions’ Legacy (1991), Last of the Free (1994), With My Soul Amongst Lions (1995), Dying to be Free (1998), Making a Killing (2000), To Walk with Lions (2001) and The Secret Elephants (2010).
He lives on the edge of the Knysna forest, where he rediscovered and studied, the most southerly elephants on earth – the elusive Knysna elephants.
My Lion’s Heart is Gareth’s tenth book, and is probably the most important book he has written. It tells his life story, a story of tears and smiles, about his attempts to greater protect the iconic animal symbol of this continent, the African lion.
Watch this YouTube clip of rare and unique film footage of Gareth being led by Adamson lioness, Rafiki, to her new-born cubs.
(Excerpt from the Shadows of Gold and Gray documentary, 1995)