Man's EXTRAORDINARY Passion for Lions and for Africa ...
Fitzjohn with one of his many close lion
- COURTESY: GEORGE ADAMSON TRUST
Man' Tony Fitzjohn
Writes A Best Seller !
INSPIRATIONAL TALE OF WHAT ONE COMMITTED
INDIVIDUAL CAN ACHIEVE AGAINST THE ODDS
has come early this year for renowned
conservationist Tony Fitzjohn: his recent
biography 'Born Wild: The Extraordinary Story of
One Man's Passion for Lions and for Africa' is right up there in the
'best seller' books list.
together with Miles Bredin and variously
published to considerable acclaim in America
and Europe by the
Penguin Group the book has also been
warmly received by critics.
Jackman writing in the Sunday Telegraph
Wild describes his (Tony) breathless
roller coaster across the African savannah
with passion and humour, an inspirational
tale of what one committed individual can
achieve against the odds.'
Telegraph reviewer Graham Boynton
book ends with Tony returning to
Kora, invited back by the Kenyans to the
happy landscape of his wild youth.
want him to restore the area to the state
it was in before Adamson was murdered and
Fitzjohn himself was run off the land -
and it is a challenge he is relishing.
makes this a truly African story and the
author, despite his place of birth, a true
LOVE FOR LIONS:
Tony Fitzjohn in a familiar pose
with one of the numerous lions he
successfully re-introduced to the savannah
of Kenya's Kora National
- COURTESY: PENGUIN BOOKS
humourist, media star and conservationist Martin
compelling and funnily written ... From
tragedies of the worst kind to triumphs
unimaginable, he's a true pioneer making
up solutions to situations as he goes
adventure and travel writer Ben Fogle is
no less impressed:
truly brilliant. I was hooked. It was
inspiring, moving and exciting.
is the last of the swash buckling
conservationists who has selflessly
devoted his life to the people and the
true African adventure of epic
proportions. It makes me want to give up
everything and move to Africa.
a thriller, some-times a love story and
at others a howl of despair, Born Wild is the moving story of how one
man stood up for the world’s most
exotic and endangered wild animals.'
Daily Mail newspaper
has further published exciting excerpts
from the book under the heading: 'Father
of the pride: How a British backpacker
became the saviour of
Africa's big cats.'
Stroud of Penguin News describes
'A story of passion, adventure
and skulduggery on the frontline of
Tony Fitzjohn's journey from London bad
boy to African wildlife warrior, the
heart of the story is a series of love
affairs with the world’s most
beautiful and endangered creatures –
affairs that so often end in pain ...
Fitzjohn with his mentor George Adamson in
- COURTESY: GEORGE ADAMSON TRUST
to succeed in reintroducing a lion or
leopard to the wild is to be deprived of
tells of his twenty years in Kenya
George Adamson of Born Free fame -
a time of discovery, isolation and
frequent danger living far from
when he was prevented from re-introducing
any more animals into the wild and made
unwelcome in the country he loved, Tony
had to start anew in Tanzania.
Fitzjohn has spent over forty years
re-introducing lions, leopards, rhinos,
elephants and African Hunting Dogs to the
is one of the world’s leading field
experts on the relationship between man
and African wildlife.
recognition of his selfless efforts in
game conservation and wildlife
management hewas awarded the O.B.E. by the
Queen and the Order of the Golden Ark by
Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands.'
and his several wildlife foundations now
work from the Mkomazi Game Reserve,
encompassing over 1,200 square miles in
north-east Tanzania, and adjacent to
Kenya's Tsavo National Park.
the two areas constitute one of the
largest protected wilderness eco-systems
1988, the Tanzanian government asked
Fitzjohn to reclaim Mkomazi, which was
then on the brink of ecological disaster
due to overgrazing, burning and
indiscriminate hunting and poaching.
then, the elephant, lion, hyena, leopard, cheetah,
impala, eland, oryx and lesser kudu populations
have made a remarkable recovery and steady
increases have been observed in the numbers of
water buffalo, zebra, giraffe and kongoni.
Mkomazi reserve not only hosts 78 species of
wildlife all year round, it is also home to over
450 species of bird:
doves, hornbills, weavers and
guinea-fowl are all present in large numbers –
besides such striking species as the martial eagle
and the violet wood-hoopoe.
years at the Kora National Reserve proved
an invaluable learning experience for
Fitzjohn which helped him build the
Mkomazi Game Reserve.
made Fitzjohn an expert in capturing,
collaring and radio-tracking Africa's top predators, as
well as raising and returning them to the
his book Tony Fitzjohn recalls:
had several rhino
didn’t have a
single one – and total population had
dwindled to a mere three dozen from
around 10,000 a few years before.
we set about the protracted process of
buying our first four black rhinos –
once indigenous to Tanzania – from a
South African game reserve – and, ten
years after I first arrived at Mkomazi,
we unloaded the rhinos from their crates
and let them roam in their new home.'
is a truly unique area, both for its
density and the diversity of its wildlife.
A proposal has been submitted to upgrade
its status to National Park.
in the bush can be hard and difficult and
Tony lovingly acknowledges the warm support
of his wife Lucy
and kind comfort of their children, Alexander, 14, Jemima,
12, and ten-year-old twins, Imogen and
raise funds for his many conservation
projects Tony Fitzjohn regularly lectures
at the Royal Geographical Society,
schools, zoos, wildlife parks, and talks
to diverse groups of supporters.
has also testified on wildlife issues on
behalf of the Tanzanian government at a
Congressional Sub-Committee hearing in
a life committed to the conservation of
East Africa, he believes that Tanzania
can provide an unrivalled
refuge for some of Africa's most endangered animals.
'Born Wild: The Extraordinary Story of One Man's
Passion for Lions and for Africa
' is now available at
stores and from www.Amazon.com