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Friederike 'Joy' Adamson

Activist for Wild Animals (1910-1980)



Everyone called Friederike by her nickname, Joy. Joy enjoyed painting flowers, and when in Africa, painted members of twenty different African tribes. Joy was married three times, and her third husband, George Adamson, worked for the government of Kenya, Africa. One day he was forced to kill a lion to protect himself, and found three cubs nearby. Two of these lion cubs were given to zoos, but the weakest one was raised by Joy. Joy wrote a book about the lion cub called Born Free. Many people enjoyed her book, and Joy used the profits from the book to start "The Elsa Fund". This fund helped wild animals to remain free. Joy spent her life educating people about the big cats of Africa and helped people understand wild animals.

Link: ELSA Canada, founded by Joy Adamson

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Information adapted from History of Women in Science for Young People by Vivian Sheldon Epstein.