|Virginia McKenna & Bill Travers|
Lions have had 'big hair' long before rockers did and if you are on Twitter you'll probably be seeing the hashtag #WorldLionDay being tweeted by many today including @WorldLionDay @BFFoundation @LIONAID ( and us at Classic Rock Radio @classicrockeu )
I've had some wonderful lion experiences and encounters of my own and wanted to remind you about the incredible work done by the Born Free Foundation
.In 1964, Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna travelled to Kenya to star in the classic wildlife film ‘Born Free’, based on the best-selling book by Joy Adamson. Released in 1966, the film told the true story of George and Joy Adamson’s fight to return Elsa the lioness to the wild. Few who have seen Born Free could fail to be moved by this story
The Adamson’s story was enjoyed by tens of millions around the globe, capturing hearts and inspiring a generation. It changed the world’s attitude to lions forever. Making Born Free profoundly affected Bill and Virginia. Working with George and Joy influenced the rest of their lives. Their close contact with the lions sparked a lifelong commitment to wildlife and they realised wild animals belong in the wild, not incarcerated in captivity.
From small beginnings, the Born Free Foundation has grown into a global force for wildlife. A personal passion for wild animals and desire for positive change remain at heart. Described by The Times as ‘Big enough to make a difference, but small enough to care,’ Born Free is not a big anonymous organisation, but a family of like-minded people who share the same goals. They work to prevent individual animal suffering, protect threatened species and keep wildlife in the wild
Last year we posted about Queen's Brian May and actress-singer Kerry Ellis's beautiful single 'Born Free ' in aid of the Born Free Foundation (see post here )
There are many ways to support the Born Free Foundation, but did you know you can also 'adopt' lions and lionesses through them? (as well as many other amazing animals )
Adopt Sinbad for just £30 a year and help fund his daily food and care AND support big cat protection worldwide. You’ll get a great Gift Pack too!
Classic Rock Radio have adopted Sinbad the lion and a lioness called Shada :-)
For more information and to see more adoption opportunities see http://www.bornfree.org.uk/give/adopt-an-animal/
You can also find out more about (and support!) World Lion Day here http://worldlionday.com/ ( find on Twitter: @worldlionday )
Despite the lions’ symbolic importance throughout the ages on coins, flags and statues, across Africa and India they are suffering from a silent extinction
The main threats to lions occurs when they run into conflicts with humans. Through the years lions have been killed for so-called 'sport', and are still sadly prized as big-game 'trophies' by trophy hunters.
Habitat loss from agriculture and logging has also affected the lions
Lions have vanished from over 80 % of their historic range and currently exist in 28 countries in Africa and one country in Asia (India). They are extinct in 26 countries. Only 7 countries: South Africa, Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are believed to each contain more than 1,000 lions and the numbers are falling.
Africa without lions? Extinction a real possibility? I can scarcely believe what I’m writing. But the species is on the brink of destruction. Could this be the lion’s last roar? - Virginia McKenna
I was not the lion, but it fell upon me to give the lion’s roar” Winston Churchill,
“The lion is beyond dispute, allow’d the most majestic brute; his valor and his generous mind, prove him superior of his kind” John Gay, poet, 1685-1732
one of my lioness friends, a true beauty, as nature intended - photo Marilyn Michaels
post by Marilyn Michaels ( @RadioGirlProds )
(includes information sourced via BornFreeFoundation & World Lion Day websites)