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The Born Free Legacy

Airs Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 9 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: Two roaming African lions as featured in "The Born Free Legacy."

Joy Adamson’s book "Born Free" caused a sensation when it was first published in March 1960. As well as topping the New York Times bestseller list, the book and its later film adaptation made a massive impact on conservation and science.

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NATURE "Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story" airs Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

This program marks the 50th anniversary of "Born Free’s" publication by revisiting the inspirational story of Joy and her husband George, a game warden turned wildlife observationist and author.

The entertaining account of the couple’s experiences and adventures in Africa as they raised orphaned lioness cub Elsa, and their success in training her to survive in the wild, won the hearts of people around the world and completely changed perceptions of human and lion interaction.

The extraordinary relationship between the lioness and her adopted human ‘parents’ caused a seismic shift in popular attitudes towards animals and left a legacy that is as controversial today as it is fondly celebrated.

This compelling documentary was filmed on location in Africa and draws on extraordinary archive footage over the course of 50 years. Featuring contributions from their many friends, associates and contemporaries – including David Attenborough"The Born Free Legacy" gives a remarkable insight into the personal lives and work of a couple who left an ongoing legacy to the natural world.

An Icon Films production for BBC (2010).

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