In 1969 two young Australians, John Rendall and Ace Bourke bought a lion cub from Harrods, and named him Christian.

They raised the cub in a pine furniture shop in the King’s Road, appropriately called, Sophisocat, where a neighbour and professional photographer Derek Cattani began a record of Christian’s life in swinging Chelsea.

Through an introduction to George Adamson from Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers who had played the roles of Joy and George Adamson in the film 'Born Free’, John and Ace agreed to fly Christian to Kenya where George successfully rehabilitated Christian back into the wild.

This rehabilitation marked the origins of the George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust which today administers, Kora National Park in Kenya and the Mkomazi National Park in Tanzania. At Mkomazi, George’s former assistant, Tony Fitzjohn OBE, is the Field Director and oversees Black Rhino and Wild Dog breeding programmes, and supports local schools with tours of the Park and school visits with a bus donated by Chester Zoo which has the capacity to show films about the importance of conservation.

In Tony’s words. “We all have a lot to thank Christian for”. John and Derek are delighted to have been invited to join Breast Cancer Haven to speak in September.

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