The Elsa Conservation Trust
This year marks the centenary of the birth of Joy Adamson - a pioneer in the field of conservation. With her husband George, senior game warden for Kenya’s untamed Northern Province, she established one of the world’s first wild animal appeals which in 1963 became the Elsa Conservation Trust. Today the Elsa Trust continues their life long commitment to wildlife conservation operating a wildlife retreat and an education centre at the Adamson's former home at Elsamere on the shores of Lake Naivasha in Kenya's Rift Valley.
During the last forty years the trust has donated millions of dollars to wild life education and conservation projects, large and small, helping to create the famous Kenyan parks and reserves at Meru, Samburu, Shaba, Kora and Hell’s Gate and also the Field Study Centre at Elsamere. Today it’s principle activities and aims are to further conservation and worldwide conservation education, particularly in East Africa. Together the Adamsons revolutioned our attitudes to wild animals and warned the world that unless it protects their habitats, many of the most magnificent species would be extinct there within a few decades.
Joy Adamson was also an accomplished artist and many of her paintings are displayed in a museum in Nairobi, Kenya.