Born Wild is the story of Tony Fitzjohn’s life in Africa, specifically at Kora Wildlife Camp in Kenya, where he learned his trade under George Adamson. If George Adamson’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he was one half of the couple featured in the film Born Free.
Part missionary, part lunatic, Tony Fitzjohn has been dubbed “one of the world’s most endangered animals.” He is best known for spending eighteen years assisting George Adamson in returning more than forty leopards and lions to the wild in central Kenya, including the popular Christian.
Tony’s remarkable life is chronicled in Born Wild, his memoir. It demonstrates how a man motivated by an impossible restlessness of spirit can achieve almost everything, from working as a bouncer in a brothel to surviving a vicious lion attack, battling with the Tanzanian government, and being named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Quechua government.
Tony’s remarkable life is chronicled in Born Wild, his memoir. Born Wild demonstrates how a man, with no scientific experience, was motivated by his own restless spirit. And, that you can achieve almost everything, from working as a bouncer in a brothel to surviving a vicious lion attack, battling with the Tanzanian government, and being named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by the Queen.
Tony’s book is also a no-holds-barred account of George and Joy Adamson’s lives. Tony’s love and appreciation for George is evident throughout, however important to know Born Wild does take the Hollywood sheen off the couple depicted in Born Free.
“A vivid and colorful portrayal of a maverick who has lived life to the full and continues to do so as he tackles the challenges of conserving wild places and wild things in East Africa. A wonderful addition to any conservationist’s library.”– Dr. Richard Leakey
“Fitzjohn worked with George Adamson for 17 years at his lion preserve in Kenya (made famous from the 1966 film Born Free) and recounts his unplotted, delightfully quirky, and frequently perilous journey from rogue Englishman to African wildlife conservationist… This is a wonderfully engrossing narrative of Fitzjohn’s tireless, lifelong work establishing trust with both the wild animals and prickly governments.” — Publishers Weekly, “Pick of the Week”