Born Free USA Blog
by Will Travers,
Chief Executive Officer
What can you say about a big-hearted bloke who has rescued dolphins, tigers, elephants and more and whose parents once helped a lion cub from a department store by caring for him in their backyard and engineering his rightful return to Africa? You can safely say that he's got great animal instincts! In 1984, Will Travers joined his parents — "Born Free" film stars Virginia McKenna and Bill Travers — to form what became The Born Free Foundation. With knowledge, passion and compassion dripping from his every word, Will's blogs are sure to make you embrace our crusade to Keep Wildlife in the Wild ®.
France has now announced that it will destroy its stockpiled elephant ivory – which could amount in the tens of tons after years of imports from Africa. It leaves me reflective of the ivory burns in Kenya and the recent ivory crush in the U.S.
The international community is in an uproar, so to speak—and for good reason. In an ironic turn of events, Melissa Bachman, big-game hunter and host of an American hunting show called “Winchester Deadly Passion,” now finds herself to be the one under fire.
I recently read the latest annual report from the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP), a vital wildlife protection program supported for years by Born Free. EWCP works in partnership with the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority to save this incredibly fragile species.
What an exciting time for elephants! Born Free continues our decades-long struggle to save elephants across Africa from deadly poachers’ bullets, and now is a pivotal moment in our historic quest to preserve pachyderms peacefully in the wild, where they belong.
I’m always inspired by those who take it upon themselves to raise money for animals. And, I love it when they accept a challenge in order to do so. So, I’m particularly excited that a Born Free USA supporter has combined the two to make a real impact.
Congratulations to the winners of Born Free USA & E Magazine’s 5th annual fffashion Fur Free Fashion Competition! Yes, conservation can have compassion… and so can fashion!
Adorable! Cuddly! Why are we so enamored by all things cute and furry – including inappropriate ones?
Two critically endangered Sumatran tigers were born earlier this month at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Hooray! Tigers breed in captivity. Not new. Not helpful.