George Alexander Graham Adamson. 3 Feb 1906 - Dholpur, Rajasthan, India 20 Aug 1989 - Kora National Reserve. Kenya, East Africa Married to Joy Adamson of "Born Free" and "Living Free" fame, two books and movies that were based on his notes. One of the founding fathers of wildlife conservation, he devoted his life to the rehabilitation of captive, injured or orphaned big cats for eventual reintroduction into the wild. His devotion to Africa's lions stands unparalleled.
He was killed by poachers near his camp on the Kora Reserve, when he came to the aid of some tourists. The tourists survived but George was killed instantly.