Friday, August 19, 2011

Tribute to The Father of Lions

George Alexander Graham Adamson
Baba ya Simba ("Father of Lions")
3 Feb 1906 - 20 Aug 1989

Twenty-two years ago (August 20, 1989), a great man, lover of wildlife, and pioneering lion conservationist was murdered at Kora reserve in Africa while rushing to the aid of a friend. George Adamson was 83. Per his wishes, he is buried at the reserve next to his beloved lion Boy, his brother Terence Adamson, and Supercub the lion. I'm sure George is taking care of all the lions in his heaven and Terence is there with his beloved elephants. Simply put, the world is a better place for having George Adamson. Below are a few photos of George and his beloved lions in tribute to his life and his legacy. All photos are the property of their respective owners.

For more detailed information and photos on George, please visit Father of Lions or the Facebook page dedicated to his memory at Father of Lions Facebook Page. You may also help keep George's memory & legacy alive by visiting George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust, and if possible donate to the cause that was so special to him.

His work with lion rehabilitation & wildlife conservation awareness has been well documented in many books and films. Seventeen lions were released into the wild at Kora due to his efforts. Two of the lions (Christian and Arusha) were born in captivity. The rest were sent to George as orphans from all over Kenya. Elsa, the lion cub who became famous from Joy Adamson's book Born Free, died of babesia felis, a tick-borne illness, in George's arms in January of 1961. Of her death her wrote:
"My Elsa gone. Gone the most wonderful friend and part of my life which nothing can replace. Why should it be? Something which has created nothing but good will and love in the world." 

George Adamson (3 Feb 1906 - 20 Aug 1989)


George with Christian and Boy (foreground)

"Who will now care for the animals, 
for they cannot look after themselves?
Are there young men and women who are willing
to take on this charge? Who will raise their 
voices, when mine is carried away on the wind?"

George Adamson

George in his mess hut

George and beloved lion Boy

George with two lions

George and Elsa

George with Arusha

George feeding a squirrel at Kampi ya Simba

George and Elsa at the riverbank

George relaxing with the lions
George with the lions he loved dearly

George getting hugged by Elsa

George with Christian

George and Ugas at Meru
All photos copyright of their respective owners.

From left to right: Virginia McKenna, George Adamson,
Bill Travers, and Joy Adamson
Virginia and Bill played George & Joy in the hit film Born Free
and became wildlife conservationists and founders of
The Born Free Foundation

Thank you for helping me keep George's memory alive.

Animals Matter.


  1. "Who will now care for the animals,
    for they cannot look after themselves?
    Are there young men and women who are willing
    to take on this charge? Who will raise their
    voices, when mine is carried away on the wind?"

    This is the quote that I like the most. It always boost me up when I read it. His influnce was so great that even till now there are peoples who believe and fight for the wildlife poverties and freedom. Both of us going to be a part of them, right?

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