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Joy Adamson

Joy Adamson (1910-1980) was a naturalist, best known as the author and main character of the book, Born Free[?], which described her experiences in saving the life of a lioness, Elsa.

She was born Joy Friedericke Victoria Gessner in Austria. With her third husband, George Adamson[?], she made her home in Kenya. She studied and painted animals in the wild, and became famous as a result of the publication of Born Free in 1960. Several sequels were also published. She later separated from her husband, and was living alone when murdered by natives.

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