About the Book
The thoroughly moving books in the Born Free series tell the stories of wild animals around the world that have been saved from a lifetime of cruelty and suffering.
The Born Free Foundation's mission is to protect many different species in their natural habitats, working with local communities to make sure that people and wildlife can live together peacefully. In Leopard Rescue, children will meet a family of leopards named Zeus, Leda, Roxanni, and Rhea, that lived in a small, cramped cage in captivity. Zeus and Leda were born free, but twins Roxanni and Rhea never even stepped foot in the wild. See how the Born Free Foundation worked to get them out of captivity! Parents will be intrigued by these books as they recall Born Free, the movie that inspired a generation. In it, they learned the story of Elsa, an orphaned lion cub that was brought up by Joy and George Adamson (portrayed by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna in the movie and the founders of the Born Free Foundation) and released back into the wild. Children will be inspired as they read how the Born Free Foundation comes to the rescue, saving suffering animals and giving them their well-deserved happy endings. Both parents and children will find the stories in these books wonderful conversation starters about life, compassion, taking a stand for what you believe in, and making the world a better place.
My Take on the Book
Born in captivity, the Limassol Zoo leopards , in Greece, were not living in a situation which allowed them freedom to roam. Their cages were small damp and cold. The father, Zeus had arthritis so bad he eventually died. Luckily the mother, Leda, and her twins, Roxanni and Rhea, survived.
Due to the Born Free Big Cat Rescue organization, they found other organizations who assisted with money raising, trucks, and air planes to transport the leopards to the Shamwari Preserve. They had space to run, time to heal, good food, and fresh water.
It took 20 years to accomplish this task. Dedicated people all over the world made it happen.
Enjoy the beautiful photographs and this story of compassion.