Zoologist Kevin Richardson takes a few videographers into the field with him to meet his lion buddies — and a few hyena friends as well — in Pretoria, South Africa, in this collaboration with GoPro for the Hero3+ Adventure Series. While the videographers stay safely in the car or in a cage, Richardson wears a couple of GoPro cameras so we can see what it's like to be him while he is hugged and loved on by these big cats. The bond he shares with them will melt your heart, and will hammer home the devastating consequences habitat loss and poaching has on lions and many other African animal species.

Thanks to GoPro and the company's famously tiny and hardy cameras, we can get close enough to really understand the passion the conservationist feels for the species he is trying to save. Learn more about Kevin Richardson and his conservation efforts.

Jaymi Heimbuch ( @jaymiheimbuch ) focuses on wildlife conservation and animal news from her home base in San Francisco.

Zoologist with a GoPro gets cuddled by lions
The adoration zoologist Kevin Richardson feels for these big cats — and their obvious feelings for him — will make your heart swell.