Back To The Wild – The Incredible Story Of Christian The Lion

This is the story of a young lion cub who was bought from a department store in London by two young men who fell in love with him at first sight.

It was the start of an incredible journey that would take the young lion cub from a home in London to the basement of a furniture store to the rolling plains of Africa.

This is the amazing tale of Christian the lion – born in captivity, but destined to be free.

An Uncertain Future


Christian was born on the 12th August, 1969. He was a lion cub born into captivity at a zoo in the town of Ilfracombe in the county of North Devon, England. The zoo closed down shortly after Christian was born, and he was sold to the world-famous Harrods department store in London. It certainly was an odd start to this little lion’s life!

Up For Sale


Australians John Rendell and Anthony ‘Ace’ Bourke moved to swinging London in 1969 looking for adventure. The two young university graduates partied hard with rock stars and models. They were determined to live the high life, which is why they visited Harrods one day in November. Harrods was the go-to word in luxury goods, and these two fancied themselves some luxury. What they would find in Harrods that day would change their lives forever.