Trevigiana, the "white African", daughter of the multifaceted writer Cino Boccazzi, moved to Kenya in 1972. Since then, over the past 40 years, she has battled to defend animals in their natural habitat using her writings and her adventurous life story. Following the tragic death of her husband, Paolo and son Emanuele, she founded the Gallmann Memorial Foundation, in 1984. The organisation focuses on promoting and protecting sustainable development in Africa. Her fight against poachers has caught the attention of the whole world, as have her successful books: "I dreamed of Africa" (1991), on which the film of the same title was based (2000), African Nights (1994), The Colour of the Wind (1995), The Night of the Lions (1998) and Elephants in the Garden (2001).