Painting of one of one of Joy Adamson's adopted leopards. Joy Adamson (1910 - 1980) was an illustrator, conservationist and author. She is known for her contribution to the conservation of Kenya’s natural and cultural heritage winning her international acclaim. Joy Adamson was a colorful if, at times, controversial character whose work continues to affect how people view conservation. Much of her work is immortalized, not only in her illustrations, but in her books and films which have been pivotal in preserving the diversity and richness of Kenya’s people and nature. Because of Joy’s inspirational efforts, people around the world now consider how they can preserve their own cultural and natural heritage.


  • Title: Painting of a leopard
  • Creator: Joy Adamson
  • Location: Kenya
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: National Museums of Kenya

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