Presentations

The Story of Christian the Lion

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 11:00 to 12:00
Destinations London 2019 Schedule - Stanfords Travel Writers Festival - Stanfords Travel Writers Festival

Introduction

John Rendall talks to Julia Wheeler about the story that captured the imagination of the world. In 1969 Harrods department store in London sold a lion cub to John Rendall and Anthony (Ace) Bourke. For a year Christian the lion lived happily and safely with his human 'pride' in Chelsea. When Christian outgrew his London environment he was entrusted to the care of George Adamson in Kenya, who with his wife Joy, had successfully rehabilitated their lioness Elsa, the subject of Joy's Book Born Free. A year after Christian had been living in the wild John and Ace returned to Kenya to try and find him. The film clip of their emotional reunion has now been viewed by over 100 million people on YouTube.
 

After the talk, John will be signing copies of his book Christian the Lion at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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Speakers

John Rendall
Lecturer & Safari Leader
Julia Wheeler
Journalist & Interviewer

Description

John Rendall talks to Julia Wheeler about the story that captured the imagination of the world. In 1969 Harrods department store in London sold a lion cub to John Rendall and Anthony (Ace) Bourke. For a year Christian the lion lived happily and safely with his human 'pride' in Chelsea. When Christian outgrew his London environment he was entrusted to the care of George Adamson in Kenya, who with his wife Joy, had successfully rehabilitated their lioness Elsa, the subject of Joy's Book Born Free. A year after Christian had been living in the wild John and Ace returned to Kenya to try and find him. The film clip of their emotional reunion has now been viewed by over 100 million people on YouTube.
 

After the talk, John will be signing copies of his book Christian the Lion at the ‘Signings at Stanfords’ stand.

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