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First UK edition (publ. Jonathan Cape)

Lion Adventure is a 1967 children's novel by the Canadian-born American author Willard Price featuring his "Adventure" series characters, Hal and Roger Hunt. It depicts their attempts to capture a lion for a zoo, which is hampered by a dangerous man-eating lion who parallels the well-known Tsavo maneaters.




Animals captured

Animals captured in Lion Adventure
Lion cubFlopHis mother was killed whilst attacking Hal, and Roger adopted him. He is very playful, though unaware of his own strength.
Male lionBlack ManeFlop's father, and a man-eater, responsible for countless deaths. He was gently coaxed into a cage by Roger at the end of the novel and, distracted by the love for his cub, Black Mane was captured without incident. The two lions, accompanied by Roger's inspirational story, were sold to Bronx Zoo for $15,000.


The hydrogen balloon, the Jules Verne, is named after the author Jules Verne, who wrote the novel Five Weeks in a Balloon , whose plot mirrors the adventures Hal and Roger have in their balloon.

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