Kenya Murder in the Game Reserve

Roving poachers bring down the man who helped lions live free

All lions, conservation pioneer George Adamson once wrote, "have been designed and perfected by nature to kill." But the former game warden who became foster father to dozens of lion cubs finally fell victim to deadlier animals -- men armed with assault rifles. Adamson, 83, and two of his assistants were shot to death last week when he drove his Land Rover straight at three bandits in an attempt to rescue another employee and a woman guest who had been waylaid near his bush camp in northeastern Kenya. By midweek, police had seized three suspects.

Adamson, born in India, moved to...

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