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16 famous animal conservationists

By: Anna Norris on Sept. 9, 2013, 9:30 a.m.
George Adamson and Christian the lion

Photo: © George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust

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George Adamson

Known as the "Father of Lions" (Bwana Simba), George Adamson was the pioneer of lion conservation. He and his wife Joy raised the orphaned cub Elsa (and if the story sounds familiar, it’s the true story behind the movie "Born Free"). Adamson also rehabilitated the English-born lion Christian and 23 other lions in Kora National Park but until his tragic murder in 1989. His assistant Tony Fitzjohn founded the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust to continue the protection of these big cats, their habitat and other wildlife.