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October 9, 2013

Wildlife Conservation Film Festival


Dear Friends,

I am proud to announce that my mother, Virginia McKenna, Founder and Trustee of Born Free, will be presented with a lifetime achievement award at the upcoming Wildlife Conservation Film Festival: New York 2013. Her extensive work for wildlife protection, beginning with her portrayal of Joy Adamson in the 1966 film, “Born Free,” has cemented her as a fixture in the wildlife conservation field. She continues to inspire me every day.

On Sunday, October 20, the festival will screen “Elsa’s Legacy: The Born Free Story,” Nature’s 55-minute documentary that reveals behind-the-scenes, real-life challenges of Joy and George Adamson, surrogate parents to famed lion cub, Elsa. Through the use of home movies, diaries, detailed records, and accounts by those who knew the Adamsons, viewers will capture the essence of the couple’s day-to-day experiences as Elsa’s caretakers.

Following the screening, a Q&A session will be held with both my mother and Born Free USA’s Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts. We encourage you to ask your burning questions about this documentary, the original “Born Free” film, our work—anything. Or, just come by to introduce yourself to Virginia or Adam.

The Wildlife Conservation Film Festival: New York 2013 is a must-attend event for anyone interested in wildlife protection. You can purchase tickets here for individual film series, for panel discussions, or for the entirety of the event. Please join us to learn about cutting-edge advancements in wildlife protection, to mingle with motivated conservationists, and to support Born Free’s decades of work for wildlife.

For the animals,


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