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‘Elsa’s Legacy’ Essay Contest Winners Announced!

Published 01/19/11

In conjunction with this month’s premiere of “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” on PBS, we asked you to share your thoughts about how Joy Adamson’s book “Born Free” or the hit movie that followed impacted the way you think about wild animals. We were delighted with the responses, and want to share the best essays with all of you. Click “Read More” below to see our four favorites. Each writer will receive an autographed copy of “The Life in My Years,” the autobiography by “Born Free” movie star Virginia McKenna. And remember the lyrics, sung so beautifully by Matt Monro and that continue to inspire 45 years later: “Born free, and life is worth living. But only worth living, cause you’re born free.”

(Own the “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” DVD.)

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Virginia McKenna Discusses 'Elsa's Legacy'

Published 01/14/11
By Michele C. Hollow, Pet News and Reviews

Virginia McKenna, who co-founded the Born Free Foundation in England with her husband Bill Travers and son Will Travers (Born Free USA's chief executive officer), is featured in a three-part Q&A article on the Pet News and Views website.

Link: Part 1
Link: Part 2
Link: Part 3

China, Britain Make Deals on Trade, Pandas

Published 01/11/11
By Agence France-Presse

LONDON – Britain and China have signed trade deals worth £2.6 billion and announced Beijing will loan a pair of giant pandas to Edinburgh Zoo for 10 years. The agreements were inked during talks in London between Chinese Vice Premier Li Keqiang and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Link: Agence France-Presse/Yahoo! News

'Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story'

Published 01/06/11

My Dear Friends: Making Born Free with my late husband Bill, working with the Adamsons and learning so much about lions — and now working for wildlife around the world with Born Free USA and the Born Free Foundation, have been some of the greatest highlights of my life.

I cannot say how thrilled I am that “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story” was shown Sunday on PBS’ “Nature.” It is a story that simply has to be told and it sends a warning roar across the airwaves letting us know that we are perilously close to losing something that we, deep down, value so much — the world’s wild places and the wild creatures, such as lions, that still inhabit them.

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'Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story': A Q&A with actress Virginia McKenna

Published 01/06/11
By Michelle Michalos, THIRTEEN

Inside Thirteen recently had the opportunity to speak with veteran actress, author and wildlife activist Virginia McKenna. She is best known for her role as Joy Adamson in the 1966 film, "Born Free," for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. The film (based on the book by the same title) tells the story of George and Joy Adamson, who raised an orphaned lion cub, Elsa, to adulthood, and released her into the wilds of Kenya.

Link: THIRTEEN

PBS Show Remembers Elsa, “Born Free”

Published 01/04/11

Fifty years ago, Joy Adamson wrote “Born Free.” The best-selling book, which recounts how she and her husband were surrogate parents to a lion cub in Africa, in 1966 was made into an award-winning film of the same name. This Sunday evening, PBS looks back at the book, the movie and how they changed the way people think about conservation and lions with “Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story.” It touches on the compassion-to-all-creatures philosophy that drives our mission here at Born Free USA. After watching the documentary, share your thoughts with us — in 150 words or fewer — about how the book or movie impacted the way you think about wild animals and you could win an autographed copy of Virginia McKenna’s autobiography “The Life in My Years.” (Please include your hometown in your e-mail.) We'll publish some of our favorite responses in this space.


Bird Experts Weigh in on National Bird Day (audio)

Published 01/04/11

Podcaster Charlie Moores assembles a panel of experts to talk about National Bird Day. Joining Moores are Denise Kelly of the Avian Welfare Coalition; Marc Johnson of Rhode Island-based Foster Parrots and the conservationist behind the innovative eco-tourism initiative "Project Guyana"; David Morimoto, head of the Biology Department at Massachusetts’ Lesley University; and Michael Schindlinger, professor of biology at Lesley.

Listen to the podcast.


PBS Recalls Original 'Born Free' Story

Published 12/30/10
By Luiane Lee, McClatchy Tribune

It's been 50 years since Joy and George Adamson adopted a lion cub in Kenya. Her name was Elsa and she became the major character in the book "Born Free" by Joy Adamson.
For those too young to remember the story, PBS is offering a documentary on "Nature" on Jan. 9.

Link: The Sacramento Bee/McClatchy Tribune

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