Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story - Photo GalleryJanuary 7, 2011 0 SHARES0 Comments Explore more from this episode More LionessA lioness emerges from the brush at the Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Joy and ElsaJoy Adamson embracing her adopted orphan cub Elsa.A Lion CubA young lion at the Selenkay Conservancy in Kenya. George and ElsaGeorge Adamson with Elsa in Meru Park, Kenya. He played a key role in reintroducing Elsa into the Kenyan wild.The Dangerous WildAlthough Elsa was able to return to the wild, the odds were against her. Lions are territorial, competitive, and unwelcoming to newcomers. Group LivingLions have complex social structures and live in large groups known as prides.George's DiariesGeorge Adamson’s personal diaries and writings give us new insight into Elsa, his relationship with Joy, and the lion rehabilitation projects. Filming "Born Free"A still from the 1966 feature film "Born Free." Virginia McKenna, who played Joy in the film, continues to be active in lion conservation efforts.George's Camp in KoraAn aerial view of George Adamson's lion rehabilitation camp in Kora. He dedicated his life to reintroducing formerly captive lions back into the wild.Vulnerable LionsAlthough lions are rarely associated with the word vulnerable, lion populations are increasingly at-risk due to loss of habitat, loss of prey, and human-lion conflicts. Tony Fitzjohn by George's GraveConservationist Tony Fitzjohn stands by the grave of close friend and mentor, George Adamson. George is buried in Kora Park, next to his favorite lion, Boy.Elsa's LegacyThe Adamsons' work sparked an appreciation for wildlife and a sense of urgency in protecting animal populations.