Most people of my generation know the famous story of Elsa the lioness from the 1960's. I have seen much about it over the years including the moving film with Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers who themselves became wildlife conservationists, but have never read the book until now.
Written by Joy Adamson herself who with her husband George Adamson rescued Elsa from certain death in Africa. The story tells of the amazing bond between the wild lioness and humans. As I read the book I was touched by the amazing relationship the Adamsons had with not only Elsa, but eventually her cubs Jespah, Little Elsa and Gopa, but one question which did arise in my mind was whether they should ever have nutured this relationship in the first place. The lions grew to rely on them and this suppressed some of their natural wildness and made it very difficult for them to re-adapt fully to their wild state and in particular with other wild lions - also their ensuing lack of fear of humans could put both at risk.
Despite some misgivings re human interference etc in a situation which they could not and possibly should not try to control, I loved the story which portrayed great love, commitment and resolve on the part of the Adamsons (although possibly a little misguided) - I would have liked a map in the book showing the places mentioned in the book.
At some point I would like to read "Christian the Lion" book which is about another lion reared in captivity before being released into the wild and where George Adamson was involved also.