ELSA: THE LIONESS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

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ELSA: THE LIONESS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD

(c) Born Free Foundation

ELSA: THE LIONESS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD (USA / United Kingdom, 2011, 52 min.)



Winners from the 2011 Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival



Fifty years ago, the book, “Born Free,” became a runaway international bestseller. For George and Joy Adamson the experience of bringing up a lioness and returning it to the wild changed their lives forever. Joy set up the Elsa Conservation Trust. George went on to release other lions and became an early conservationist. He realized that each lion was an individual with its own traits but also that the species as a whole would become endangered. He met Virginia McKenna when she played Joy in the feature film and his calm understanding of wild animals was infectious. Virginia went onto set up The Born Free Foundation, a group that combats cruelty against animals to this day. Elsa’s story triggered a new love and respect for nature that has grown ever since. Still inspired by George today, Virginia McKenna returns to Africa in this film to bring the Elsa story alive for a new generation. Executive Producer: Fred Kaufman for Brian Leith Productions, Natural World.Winner, Conservation Hero Award.

Shown with BROKEN TAIL: A TIGER’S LAST JOURNEY, HELGOLAND: ISLAND IN THE STORM, LIFE: CHALLENGES OF LIFE, and MY LIFE AS A TURKEY

Ticket/Reservation Info:

FREE. No reservations required.

National Museum of Natural History, Baird Auditorium

10th St. & Constitution Ave., NW

(Metro: Smithsonian, The Mall exit or Federal Triangle, 12th St. exit)

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