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After the death of George Adamson at the hands of poachers, Gareth Patterson adopted his three orphaned cubs in Kenya and moved the lions to the safety of the Tuli bushlands in southern Botswana. Here, he and his girlfriend Julie set about returning the lions to the wild state as Adamson had wished, divorcing them from the only family they knew – mankind.

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Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published August 13th 2012 by Peach Publishing (first published August 18th 1994)
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Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: cat lovers, big cat lovers, nature lovers, conservationists, compassionate people
Raw and heartfelt in every aspect, Last of the Free by Gareth Patterson is both an elegy of the three lion cubs that he is tasked with raising as well as a eulogy for lions who have died untimely deaths. The writing is not a comprehensive narrative of the cubs, Batian, Rafiki, and Furaha, left behind in the wake of the death of lion conservationist George Adamson. But it does present an idea of their everyday lives and also blends in the author’s feelings and perspective on wildlife conservation ...more
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An amazing story of courage, triumph, inspiration, and sadness as Gareth rehabilitates George Adamson's lions cubs for release back into the wild. A true and sefless conservationist, Gareth's book can't fail to move you as the plight of these intelligent creatures unfolds. A must read! ...more
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