Thursday, October 18, 2012

Born Wild by Tony Fitzjohn

I just finished a remarkable book called Born Wild by Tony Fitzjohn. If you have a passion for the environment, care about African wildlife, especially big cats, Fitzjohn is someone you’ll want to learn more about.

Begin by reading his fascinating and hard-to-put-down memoir and prepare yourself for an incredible journey that begins in 1971 and includes many years working alongside his mentor, the legendary George Adamson of Born Free fame.
Fitzjohn is carrying out Adamson’s work and has taken it to a level Adamson dared not dream possible.

 Writer Annie Stein explains:
"Fitzjohn’s interest in Africa began when he was a young boy growing up in a working class suburb of north London. A month in bed with Typhus gave him an opportunity to read Tarzan Of The Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs ― multiple times. In between the fever and the cold sweats, he fell in love with the land and the animals, and developed what he refers to as his “call to Africa.” Fitzjohn considers it ironic that his passion was ignited by a writer who never once stepped foot on African soil."

 More on Fitzjohn and Adamson in the next post.

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