But life for all lions in the country isn't so harmonious. According to Richardson, the problem of canned hunting - a practice of trophy hunting grown lions - runs rampant. While Richardson's lions were rescued from this fate, not all lions are as lucky. Thousands of lions go from being featured as cubs at petting zoos to being hunted in a contained area as adults every year.
Laws were introduced in 2005 in South Africa to phase out and eventually end canned hunting of lions and rhinos and the government banned breeding captive lions. Go to this page for more information on canned hunting and how to end the practice.
See the entire "60 Minutes" segment here.
Sign a petition calling for the end of canned lion hunting here.