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Conservationists to honour George Adamson’s legacy
August 31 to Sunday September 1, 2013.
Conservationists from all over the world will next month converge at Kora National Park to commemorate the 24th anniversary of George Adamson’s death and to honour his work.
They will come as individuals or corporate teams.
The George Adamson commemoration weekend in the wild will run from Friday (August 31) to Sunday (September 1).
A number of activities have been lined up for the event’s participants, including:
The event in Kenya’s last wilderness area is organised by the Kenya Wildlife Service with support from other stakeholders.
The primary objective of the event is to build on the foundation laid by George Adamson’s conservation of lions in both Meru and Kora ecosystems.
Corporate organisations and individuals are invited to participate by sponsoring corporate teams or contributing towards the George Adamson Fund – a worthy cause.
Background on George Adamson
George Adamson, the ‘Lion Man’ of Africa is one of the founding fathers of wildlife conservation. He is best known from the book and film "Born Free", the story of Elsa, an orphaned lioness raised and released into the wild by Adamson and his wife, Joy. He was born in India in 1906 and first visited Kenya in 1924. After a string of adventures – not least as a gold prospector – he joined Kenya’s Game Department in 1938 and married Joy six years later. It was in 1956 that he shot the lioness whose cub was to become world-famous as Elsa. George Adamson retired as a game warden in 1963 and devoted his life to his many lions. In 1970, he moved to the Kora National Reserve in northern Kenya, working with Tony Fitzjohn as his right-hand man, to continue the rehabilitation of captive or orphaned big cats for eventual reintroduction into the wild. In 1989 at the age of 83, Adamson was murdered at Kora by bandits.
Why this event
August 20, 2013 will be exactly 24 years since Adamson demise. Thanks to Adamson’s heroic action, others lived and his legacy remains. Though he was deeply loved and respected by so many people all over the world, not many have visited where he used to work, to see how he used to live, where he was buried and consider ways of continuing with the work he started.
Participation Fee charged as a package
The above charges include park entry fees including vehicle fees and meals. Kenya Wildlife Service has waived park entry categorization for visitors on this occasion between the 30th August and 1st September, 2013 for the event to all the participants. However, camping gear and transport will be organized individually. Book and pay up early to avoid last minute rush and disappointment.
How to get there
From the capital city (Nairobi) of Kenya, Kora National Park is in the Eastern Side and reached either by Air to Kinna or Mulika airstrips in Meru National Park or travel by road along the Nairobi-Meru-Maua-Meru Park road or travel by road from Nairobi-Thika-Mwingi-Tseikuru road and also from Mombasa-Garsen-Garissa-Bangale-Asako road into Kora N. Park. Road distances vary from 320KM to close to 480KM depending on your origination. Private airlines from Wilson Airport in Nairobi and Mombasa or Malindi to Meru N. Park are available and in particular AirKenya Safaris.
Please make cheques and all the money paid prior to the event payable to Meru /Kora Project Account, Equity Bank – Maua Branch, Account Number: 0400295171362
For more information, please contact:-
1. Assistant Directors office, Eastern Conservation Area on Tel: 020 2310443
2. Senior Warden’s Office, Meru N. Park Tel: 0612303094
3. Warden’s Kora N. Park Office - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. KWS Resource Mobilization Department, KWS HQs Nairobi, Tel. 6000800, EXT. 2128, 0202107457 Email: email@example.com