Elsa is the Beloved Lioness made famous in
the award winning movie BORN FREE
and the best selling book written by Joy Adamson with the same title.
Elsa is buried in Meru National Park in Kenya, East Africa.
Visitors to Meru can visit her grave to pay their respects.
George visits the final resting place of his Beloved Elsa.
Elsa died with her head in George's lap.
After George buried her, George and his scouts fired 20 volleys of shots over her grave
in the hopes that her mate may have heard them and paused.
Elsa's Final Resting Place....
Elsa died from a tick born disease called Babesia. She was only 5 years old.
Elsa - Born January 1956, Passed away January 1961
Above photo taken in October 2003
Paula paying her respects at Elsa's Grave
Paula wrote, "I actually went to Meru purely to visit the grave. "
Elsa is buried right near the river.
Photo taken in October 2003
This photo was taken just a short way from Elsa's grave, the place where the Adamsons made their camp,
.... where Elsa used to lay by Joy as she wrote her stories and painted.
Elsa's grave in Meru
Photo taken November 2004
"My visit to Meru would not have been complete without a visit
to Elsa's grave, which is appropriately alongside a river at the edge of the park boundary."
Photo taken November 2004
This photo is approaching George and Joy Adamson's former camp site known as Elsa's Camp.
Learn about Elsa the Lioness in the book Born Free. (See DVD/Books page on this website.)
Meru National Park - 2004
Virginia McKenna(Played the part of Joy Adamson in the movie Born Free)
with one of her sons visiting the grave of Elsa the Lioness.
Photo Courtesy of Virginia McKenna Photo taken March 2005
In an article in
the Summer of 2005 Virginia McKenna wrote, "Elsa's grave, in Meru, where some of Joy's ashes are
also buried, is also miles from anywhere in the heart of the bush. At the
campsite where she had become that famous lioness of two worlds. ....
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Elsa's final resting place ....
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Elsa Tribute page....Tribute
Pippa the Cheetah - Meru Park....Photos
George's final resting place at Kora....Photos
In 1974, the 4th of February Joy wrote to a
close acquaintance the following:
(Excerpt is from actual copy of letter written by Joy Adamson.)
To see full complete letter, view the Joy Adamson letters section on this website.
Elsa, Always Affectionate and Loving....
Pictured here with Joy.
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ABOUT ELSA in the best selling book,'BORN FREE'.
The story of Elsa the Lioness will touch your heart.
This is a remarkable TRUE story
of a lion cub in transition between the captivity in which she is raised and the wild to
which she is returned and captures the abilities of both humans and animals to cross the
seemingly unbridgeable gap between their radically different worlds.
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