Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Will Born to Save the Lion

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Will Born to Save the Lion

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WHILE in Amboseli, we met Will Travers, president of the Born Free Foundation and son of actors Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, who set up the charity after starring in their classic 1966 movie of the same name, filmed in Kenya.

He was there to see the work of the charity - celebrating its 50th anniversary - trying to prevent human conflict with lions, which are teetering on the edge of endangerment.

There are only 20,000 lions left in Africa, 2,000 in Kenya, and many are killed each year, shot by game hunters or poisoned by tribespeople.

Many Maasai live in traditional bomas, circular villages enclosed by thick, thorny acacia bushes which shelter their goats and cattle at night, preventing them being attacked by predators.

But the traditional barriers are not totally lion-proof and the Maasai have been known to kill lions because of this. …

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