Born Free USA Blog
by Adam M Roberts,
Chief Executive Officer
When it comes to animals, Adam Roberts not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk. Since beginning his animal advocacy career in Washington, D.C. in 1991, Adam's ambition, tireless involvement, and profound knowledge of conservation and wildlife issues have cemented him as a go-to voice for protecting animals — and he has elevated Born Free USA to the respected and impactful organization that we know today. Adam's compassionate, informed, and forward-thinking blogs will surely motivate you to join us in our fight to Keep Wildlife in the Wild.
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.
To Born Free, the individual animal matters. Each needs protection. And each can serve as an ambassador for an entire species.
Now that Discovery Channel has wrapped up “Shark Week,” its infamous series on sharks, I’m left asking: Is Shark Week weak on conservation?
It's a Black and White Issue!
There hasn’t been a captive orca (also known by those who exploit them as killer whales) in captivity in the UK for many years. In fact there hasn’t been a captive dolphin on display in the UK since the early 1990s when Born Free, as part of the Into The Blue project, led the campaign to release 3 former inmates (one from Flamingoland and two from Brighton Aquarium) into the crystal clear waters of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
South Africa has announced that it will officially push for rhino horn trade at the 17th Conference of the Parties to CITES (2016), using horn from rhinos that have died of natural causes. Here’s my take!
What’s worse than the alarming escalation of the global illegal wildlife trade is its ever-expanding link to organized crime and terrorist organizations. Add to that the potential spread of infectious diseases and the precipitous decline of vulnerable wildlife populations, especially in developing countries, and it’s clear that the new Executive Order from the White House may have come just in time.
With a population of between 4,000 and 5,000 elephants, Burkina Faso is home to the largest remaining elephant population in West Africa. A vital habitat for elephants in Burkina Faso is Park W, a 10,000km squared transboundary Protected Area that spans three countries – Burkina Faso, Benin and Niger.