Dean Schneider; The Man That Belongs To A Lion’s Pride

Leave a comment / By: hbk / 25 July, 2020 08:59:42AM
Dean Schneider; The Man That Belongs To A Lion’s Pride


Dean Schneider is a Swiss wildlife park operator and social media personality based in South Africa.

Schneider studied finance and at age 21, became an entrepreneur and created his own financial planning company. Schneider was a banker and financial planner in Switzerland before moving to South Africa in 2017 to establish a wildlife sanctuary and rehabilitation center, Hakuna Mipaka (Swahili for "no limits". It is a 400 ha estate for lions born in captivity. A separate area hosts zebras, impalas, kudu, hyenas, and baboons.[citation needed] Schneider shares, on social media, interactions with wildlife with the support of a personal assistant and a content manager. As of January 2020, Schneider has 8.1 million followers on Instagram. Schneider is inspired by Steve Irwin to help people connect with wildlife.

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2 - According to Dean, it is easier to build true relationships with animals because they don’t know how to lie, compared to humans who rarely speak out on their true thoughts and feelings.

Fun factDo you know lionesses prefer lions with manes and the ones with darker manes are the first choice for mating? They have a higher level of testosterone.

Dean and his lion, Dexter. This particular lion has many fans on his page

3 - The younger lion in the pride (King Snow). Less domineering than Dexter.

Fun factLife is tough for lion cubs, but tougher for the males. Only 1 in 8 lions makes it to adulthood.

4 - Only the queens in a lion’s pride are giving the king his value. After a male lion kills or chases away an older king of the pride- lionesses have to accept him, else they’ll kill him.

Lionesses play a very important role because they are raising the kings and queens, as well as feeding them. So, it is very important they accept him.

Fun factFemale lions are induced ovulators. This means that they need repeat stimulation to release an egg. So they will engage in a long mating ritual, like every 15minutes over about 5days. 

5 - The cheetah is the fastest land animal and has been recorded to reach speeds between 109.4 km/h and 120.7 km/h. Even Usain Bolt clocked only 44.64 km/h. So, if these cheetahs turn on him, he doesn’t stand a chance.

Dean and his Cheetahs, Madiba and Kobe.

6 - He thinks building a loving relationship with a hyena is one of the hardest things. I think so too and I am in awe of how he penetrated those irritants.

Fun FactFemale hyenas have a penis (pseudo penis). It is actually an elongated clitoris and they give birth through it. It is also longer than the average human’s penis. 

With his hyena, Chuckie...

7 - Dean finds it weird that we liken bad behaviours to animals. “Stop eating like an animal”, “humans be acting like animals, that is why the world is like this”

Obviously he thinks animals are BETTER behaved.

8 -  He doesn’t understand how anyone can hate snakes. 

Dean and his 4.5meter Burmese python.

9 -  His mum. I wonder what a Rwandan mother would do if you tell her this is your passion.

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