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People We were honoured that the Prime Minister of Tanzania, Hon. Mizengo Kayanza Peter Pinda and his wife Tunu, were able to take the time to travel to Gonja to lay the foundation stone of the Gonja Mheza Vocational Training Centre (VTC).  Also there were Ted van Dam and Dik Dekker of the Suzuki Rhino Club; Anne Kilango Malecela, the MP for Same; the District Commissioner, Herman Kapufi and many other regional, district and town officials. [more]

Rhino and Mr BRRRR The two rhino calves are doing extremely well and we are hopeful that there will be two more births over the next few months. One of our senior rhino trackers has been working with Dr Peter Morkel and Dr Idrissa Chuma in the Serengeti National Park on rhino conservation.  Pete was then able to travel to Mkomazi with TANAPA. [more]

Infrastructure We are continuing to work with TANAPA on the road maintenance in the park.  The rains are now taking hold so the work that has been done on the main access roads by the Trust’s plant machinery has been timely.  We are also working with TANAPA on a big project to develop another large water source in Mkomazi National Park for the elephant herds and other wildlife (oryx, buffalo, zebra, giraffe etc).  Elephant numbers continue to be much lower than in previous years, which can only be due to the massive poaching on the Kenya side of the border. [more]

25th anniversary held at the Royal Georgraphical Society On September 25th the trust celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the Mkomazi Project with a reception at the Royal Geographical Society in the presence of our patron HRH Princess Michael of Kent and HRH Prince Michael. Some 150 supporters and funders enjoyed the premier of a new film, produced by Jake Thomson, Astrid Harbord and Henry Morley, on Tony Fitzjohn’s life in Africa. That was followed by a stirring speech by Elisaria Nnko, the project’s Operations Manager and the longest serving employee at Mkomazi. Many of those present had met Elisaria in Tanzania over the years so it was a real treat to have him in London and witness the pride he takes in the project. [more]

Born Wild

Tony Fitzjohn's book was released by Penguin in September 2011. Orders may be placed at all good book shops and online retailers. Please note: the book is NOT available from The George Adamson Wildlife Preservation Trust

Born Wild - the extraordinary story of one man's passion for lions and for Africa

'Hugely compelling and funnily written...From tragedies of the worst kind to triumphs unimaginable, he's a true pioneer making up solutions to situations as he goes along.' 
Martin Clunes

'Brilliant, truly brilliant. I was hooked. It was inspiring, moving and exciting. He is the last of the swashbuckling conservationists who has selflessly devoted his life to the people and the wildlife of Africa. A true African adventure of epic proportions. It makes me want to give up everything and move to Africa'.
Ben Fogle

Sometimes a thriller, sometimes a love story and at others a howl of despair, Born Wild is the moving story of how one man stood up for the world’s most beautiful and endangered creatures.

Born Wild is a story of passion, adventure and skulduggery on the frontline of African conservation. Following Tony Fitzjohn's journey from London bad boy to African wildlife warrior, the heart of the story is a series of love affairs with the world’s most beautiful and endangered creatures – affairs that so often end in pain, for to succeed in re-introducing a lion or leopard to the wild is to be deprived of their companionship

Tony tells of his twenty years in Kenya with George Adamson of Born Free fame - a time of discovery, isolation and frequent danger living far from civilisation. And when he was prevented from re-introducing any more animals into the wild and made unwelcome in the country he loved, Tony had to start anew in Tanzania.

Tony Fitzjohn has spent over forty years re-introducing lions, leopards, rhinos and African Hunting Dogs to the wild. He is one of the world’s leading field experts on the relationship between man and African wildlife. He was awarded the OBE by the Queen and the Order of the Golden Ark by Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands for his services to wildlife