“I think my message to the politicians
who have within their power the ability
to make change is, ‘Do you really, really
not care about the future of your great-grandchildren?
Because if we let the world continue to be destroyed
the way we are now, what’s the world going to be like
for your great-grandchildren?’
Today when I saw this image taken by photographer Barbara Fleming when she visited the Serengeti Loliondo Conservation in Tanzania, it reminded me of Elsa from the movie Born Free.
The lion is one of my favorite wild animals. I first remember falling in love with the lion when I saw the movie The Wizard of Oz. A few years later, my grandmother knew how much I loved the lion so she took me to see the movie Born Free.
If you’re not familiar with the movie Born Free, it is a 1966 British docudrama about a real-life couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, to adulthood and released her into the wilderness of Kenya. To this day that movie still makes me cry.
If you’ve seen the movie Born Free, you will understand why this image is so powerful. Look closely at this image. It not only shows eight beautiful lion cubs lined up for what appears to be a professional family portrait, but the image has captured each of these lion cubs own distinct personalities. Right down to the two shy and timid cubs hiding behind the female lioness.