NATURE: Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story on WXXI-TV

NATURE: Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story on WXXI-TV

Sun, 01/09/2011 - 8:00pm

Credit: Courtesy of © Sacha Mirzoeff

The dramatic story of the Adamsons’ rescue of three lion cubs and their attachment to Elsa, whom they released back into the wild, was the first filmic exploration of animals as individuals.

From the producers of Deep Jungle. 2010 marks the 50th Anniversary of Joy Adamson’s milestone book Born Free that was turned into a seminal movie, which won two Academy Awards. The dramatic story of the Adamsons’ rescue of three lion cubs and their attachment to Elsa, whom they released back into the wild, was the first filmic exploration of animals as individuals. Nature will examine the story, revisit the people featured in the film, and discuss the importance and dangers of viewing animals through a human lens as well as the shifting attitudes about conservation.

NATURE: Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story airs Sunday, January 9 at 8 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 11/cable 1011).

For 29 years, NATURE has been the benchmark of natural history programs on television, capturing the splendors of the natural world from the African plains to the Antarctic ice. The series has won more than 600 honors from the television industry, parent groups, the international wildlife film community and environmental organizations, including 10 Emmys, three Peabodys and the first award given to a television program by the Sierra Club.

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