Today is the 25th anniversary of George Adamson’s death. The Kenyan Wildlife Service are going to acknowledge this with a service at George’s camp Kambi Ya Simba at Kora, Kenya, tomorrow.
Through their observations, books, journals, photographs etc, Joy and George Adamson assembled the largest documentation about lion behaviour in the world. The book and film Born Free of course reached many millions of people and Elsa the lioness altered people’s perceptions of animals. While some argued their methodology was “unscientific”, this huge archive may prove to be invaluable with only 20,000 wild lions left in Africa.
While Joy Adamson loved animals, she had a volatile and rather frenetic personality. George on the other hand, was very calm and considered. He managed to create a neutral space where the two apex predators managed to co-exist with each other with respect and understanding. These days he…
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