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Born Wild: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Passion for Lions and for Africa Hardcover – 16 Sep 2010


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  • Hardcover: 332 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; 1st edition (16 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670918911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670918911
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 356,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Grainne on 26 Jan 2011
Format: Hardcover
I happened upon this book entirely by accident. I knew well the story of Joy & George Adamson and Elsa but was entirely unaware of Tony Fitzjohn's contribution to the conservation of African wildlife over the last 40 years. Well, what a read! From the moment I sat down with the book I was enthralled. I was unable to put it down and felt an energy and passion lifting off the pages towards me at every turn. Tony Fitzjohn is a man to be deeply admired and his obvious lifelong commitment to the lions and leopards (and indeed all wildlife) of Africa is truely inspirational. The personal challenges he faced and overcame are not dwelled upon but the glancing references to them throughout only serve to heighten his achievements in the face of adversity both from within and without. Tony Fitzjohn is a true hero for wildlife and one who tells his story in an entertaining, heartfelt, honest and compelling way. I laughed and cried (in equal measure) while reading this remarkable man's account of his journey to date.
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24 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Dr S. S. Nagi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 26 Sep 2010
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This book was first published in 2010, has 317 pages, 82 colour/B/W pictures and 3 large maps. The book is dedicated to the creatures of the wild. ANTHONY RAYMOND FITZJOHN was born on 7.7.1945 in London. His mother gave him for adoption. He was raised in Cockfosters. He loved scouting. It was the book 'Tarzan of the Apes', that inspired him to go to Africa. In 1968, he sails to CAPETOWN, South Africa. He hitchhikes to Kenya. At the long bar at Stanley Hotel, NAIROBI, he meets Ian Hudges, who takes him on safari to MARALAL and teaches bushcraft. In the south, from LOITOKITOK, he could see Mt Kilimanjaro (19,340ft). After reading 'Bwana Game', Fitz was to meet George Adamson. Terence Adamson, 2 years younger, took him to KORA- KAMPI YA SIMBA (camp of the lions). George indroduces Fitz to young lion - Christian. Fitz stayed at Kora for 18 years. A HUNGRY LION IS AN ANGRY LION.
Joy Adamson did not like Fitz or Terence. Afternoon siesta is a must for Fitz. Terence was grumpy old sod, but loved elephants. At the age of 27, Fitz was very happy at lonely Kora, near the TANA RIVER. From George, he learnt animal behaviour and how to use the sense of smell. In 1972, he visits Isiolo and Lake Turkana (Rudolf). One day Christian shook Fitz and gave him hell of a shock. On 19.10.1974, Kora was made into a Game Reserve. Fitz then meets Leakey and Freddie lion cubs at Kora. With more lions and lionesses, the total rose to 10. After George spent time in Nairobi Hospital with broken pelvis, Fitz was next there after a large lion tore his neck and shoulder. He gets bad malaria. Then George and later Terence get attacked by their lions. The game department wanted Kora closed, just as Fitz got his work permit -Assistant Kora game reserve. He goes to Europe to form a 'TRUST'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Smith on 23 Feb 2011
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An, all round, rounded and impressive man. Tony Fitzjohn's book will not disappoint anyone. Adventure and historical interest abound from a fascinating part of the world, living in danger (the animals being the least danger) and bureaucracy but achieving incredible things. It doesn't surprise me he writes so well too, a man who can turn his hand to anything. Tony Fitzjohn knows what is important in life.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sibel Hodge on 3 July 2013
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This is a truly amazing story of courage, love, triumph, and sadness as Tony Fitzjohn carries on George Adamson's great work in rearing lion cubs back into the plains of Africa. Despite the numerous challenges he faces, his courage and compassion really shine through in this book. Heartfelt and emotional, this book will make you smile and cry and touch your heart. Change has to start with awareness, prevention, conservation, and protection, and this book highlights the plight of the troubling events African animals face at man's hands. Anyone with interest in big cats, conservation, and a love of wildlife should read this book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jules on 7 April 2013
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Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book.
If you like animals its a wonderful story of trying to save the lion population for the next generation to see.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs J Richards on 6 Feb 2013
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Having lived in Africa for many years this book brought back some memories. Fascinating from start to finish - what a life!!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By emily on 7 Dec 2012
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Enjoyed this book, I have read every book about George Adamson so was great to read from Tony Fitzjohns perspective as well. A man who has done so much for East Africa's wildflife & encountered so many obstacles but always oversome them. Recommend
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By Mrs Helen Winter on 13 Jun 2014
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Wildlife is so important not just now but for future generations..the passion in this book is amazing and we should all learn from this and help where we can.
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