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George Adamson
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    (February 3, 1906-August 20, 1989)
    Born in Dholpur, India
    Wildlife conservationist and author
    Husband of Joy Adamson
    Wrote 'A Lifetime with Lions' (1968) and 'My Pride and Joy' (1986)
    Appeared in the films 'The Lions Are Free' (1967) and 'An Elephant Called Slowly' (1969)
    Rehabilitated captive or orphaned lions for reintroduction to the wild
    Most famous lions were Elsa and Christian
    Murdered by poachers
    He was a safari hunter before becoming a game warden.
    After one of his lions mauled a game warden's son, he was expelled from the Meru National Park to the remote Kora National Reserve (1970).
    His marriage to Joy broke up when she refused to move to Kora, saying it was too hot and too isolated.
    He said, 'I drink far more than I ought. I start with gin at 11 in the morning, switch to whiskey in the late afternoon, and keep going with that until I go to bed.'
    He said, 'As time goes by, I'm becoming more lion than man.'
    He never received royalties from Joy's book 'Born Free,' even though much of it was based on his diaries and notes.
    He was called Baba ya Simba ('father of lions' in Swahili).
    Virginia McKenna, who starred in 'Born Free,' said, 'No one who met George could fail to have been inspired and touched by this remarkable man.'
    His physician said, 'George is sort of an 80-year-old superman. He's much more active than men who are years younger.'
    He and two assistants were killed while rescuing a German tourist and another assistant from Somali poachers. (The tourist and assistant escaped when Adamson charged at the poachers in his jeep.)
    He was buried in Kora next to his brother Terrance and two of his lions, Boy and Supercub.

Credit: C. Fishel

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