Mugi joins Elsa and Christian – Iconic Lions ‘reintroduced’ to the Wild
05.17.12 In the 1960’s and 1970’s, “Born Free” and “Christian the Lion” made the George Adamson and Tony Fitzjohn’s successful lion reintroduction program world famous. Battling unfriendly headwinds and rampant poaching, the program was shut down in 1989 and Tony Fitzjohn moved to Tanzania to rehabilitate Mkomazi National Park. With Tony’s departure and George Adamson’s subsequent murder, the famed lion reintroduction program was shut down and the Kora lion population suffered a similar fate with lions all over Africa – making them yet another endangered species struggling for survival.
Over 20 years later, very few lions reside in Kora National Park. In 2011, the Kenyan Wildlife Service asked Tony Fitzjohn and his team to come back to Kora to restore the natural habitat –additionally; he is restarting the famed lion program.