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  • Location: London, Kenya

A Lion Called Christian

A Lion Called Christian

Why a Booktrail?

1969: Harrods department store in London sold a three month old lion cub to two young Australians

  • ISBN: 978-1905775927
  • Genre: Nature/Landscape, Non-Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

In 2008, YouTube.com showed an extraordinary clip of the reunion between two young men and their pet lion in Kenya. It was watched by millions of people around the world. A Lion Called Christian is the true story of two Australians who bought a pet lion cub called Christian in the 1970s and his subsequent journey to his rightful home in the wild.

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Travel with a lion from Harrods, London to Kenya

For a year Christian lived happily and safely with John and Ace and his human ‘pride’, initially in the World’s End on the King’s Road in Chelsea, where Derek Cattani first began photographing him. When Christian outgrew his London environment he was entrusted to the care of George Adamson in Kenya, who with his wife Joy, had successfully rehabilitated their lioness Elsa, the subject of Joy’s Book Born Free.

A year after Christian had been living in the wild John and Ace returned to Kenya to try and find him. The film clip of their emotional reunion has now been viewed by over 100 million people on YouTube. In 1973 Christian disappeared into the wild forever. George Adamson had uniquely rehabilitated a 5th generation zoo-bred lion. John and Ace’s first book about Christian was a million seller in the 1970s, and enjoyed a huge resurgence of interest after their YouTube clip went viral in 2006.

When John and Ace took Christian to Kenya in 1970 there were an estimated 300,00 lions in Africa. Today there are fewer than 25,000.

BookTrail Boarding Pass: A Lion Called Christian (Children’s edition)

Destination: London, Kenya Author/guide:  Jane Revell  Departure Time: 1969 onwards

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