Elsa: The Lioness That Changed The World


Elsa the Lioness made history in the 1960′s when she became the first ever captive lion to be released back into the wild after having been raised by game warden George Adamson and his wife Joey Adamson in Kenya. Elsa went to live with the Adamson’s alongside her two sisters when only a few weeks old, they had become orphaned after George Adamson was forced to kill their aggressive mother during a safari.

Her two sisters were sent to Amsterdam Zoo, while Elsa remained with the Adamson’s who attempted to teach her how to fend for herself. It was Joy Adamson who Elsa trusted the most, and it was her book Born Free published in 1960 which gave Elsa worldwide fame; the book was later turned into a 1965 film of the same name. The Adamson’s would visit Elsa in the wild sporadically and when she was three years old she showed the Adamson’s three of her own cubs.

Elsa’s life was unfortunately cut short and she died a couple of years later of a disease which is similar in form to Malaria but only effects big cats. The Adamson’s relocated Elsa’s cubs after locals turned against the lions, one of them was seen 19 months later but it was the last that was seen of any of her cubs in the vast expanse of the Serengeti.

Elsa: The Lioness That Changed The World is a 2011 documentary which looks back on the life of Elsa and the Adamson’s, it includes some incredible previously unseen footage of Elsa with both Joy and George, and confirms Elsa as the catalyst for change in the way that many people look at wild animals.

After you have watched the documentary consider making a cash donation to the Born Free Foundation, a charity established by the actors in the 1965 film in conjunction with the Adamson’s, they do some great work.

Running Time: 58 minutes

Released: 2011

IMDB: here

Wiki: No entry

By: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)

Buy On DVD: The DVD can be purchased from the Born Free Foundation website.

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