SOURCE: Author Tony Fitzjohn

Author Tony Fitzjohn

April 07, 2011 18:46 ET

Just Released -- BORN WILD: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Passion for Africa -- By Tony Fitzjohn

LOS ANGELES, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 7, 2011) - "The funny thing about being chewed up by a lion is that they don't bite chunks out of you -- they suffocate you. All that firepower and they use a pillow. He was going to kill me, the bastard. I can remember wondering, as I faded away: Which one was it? A wild lion or one of ours? I consider it my closest shave yet, and not much to have paid for the privilege of living with animals since the day in 1971 when George Adamson took me on." -- Tony Fitzjohn

Tony Fitzjohn, internationally renowned conservationist and one of the leading field experts on African Wildlife, introduces his memoir BORN WILD: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Passion for Africa. BORN WILD is a fascinating, tender, and captivating memoir from the man who worked alongside Born Free's George Adamson to help rehabilitate and return zoo leopards and lions -- including Christian, the YouTube sensation and subject of 2009's New York Times bestseller A Lion Called Christian -- to the wild in Kenya (

"Wonderfully engrossing." - Publishers Weekly "Pick of the Week"

"The passages describing the lions the three men were raising and rehabilitating into the wild are odes to harmony, serenity and understanding." -The Telegraph

"Brilliant... inspiring, moving and exciting. A true African adventure of epic proportions." - Ben Fogle, Co-Author of The Crossing and Race to the Pole

"In this engaging memoir, [Fitzjohn] tells how, with support of global conservation groups and big donors, he and other conservationists continue dauntlessly to fight for African wildlife." - Booklist

With warmth and humor, Fitzjohn recalls his early days at Kora and his incredibly close relationship with the big cats in his and Adamson's care -- including Christian, the famous lion cub purchased at Harrods in London, raised by two Australian gentlemen above a furniture shop, and eventually delivered to Adamson when he became too massive for one small English flat.

Fitzjohn reveals his deeply personal struggle with guilt and anger at the brutal murder of Adamson, whom he called "the Old Man," in 1989 and the subsequent demise of the lion project at Kora. And, throughout the book, Fitzjohn also brings to light some of the perverse realities that afflict wildlife in Africa to this day, the most destructive and persistent being poaching, reminding us of what we stand to lose if we do not take collective action soon.

The Extraordinary Story of One Man's Passion for Africa
By Tony Fitzjohn
Crown Publishers * March 22, 2011 * Pages: 336
Price: $25.00 * Hardcover * ISBN: 978-0-307-71603-3

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