Ethiopia is one of the largest and most diverse countries in Africa, with an impressive natural heritage and it is here that Born Free Foundation Ethiopia (BFFE) was officially established in 2008 to support the conservation and welfare of wild animals in Ethiopia, especially by tackling illegal trade and ownership.
Born Free’s support for wildlife conservation in this region however began many years previously with funding support for the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme (EWCP).
Today, working closely with the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA), BFFE has a remit to provide assistance in many areas of wildlife protection.
We have a dynamic team based in Addis Ababa which is led by Country Representative Dr Zelealem Tefera Ashenafi. For many years the main focus for this team has been to develop ‘Ensessakotteh’ – a Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre on the outskirts of Addis Ababa. With the Centre as our base, the team works together to provide care for wild animals that are either confiscated or rescued; conduct conservation programmes; conduct centre based and outreach environmental education programmes and to help the Government build capacity in wildlife management. Now that the centre is established and under the careful management team there, Born Free Foundation Ethiopia can continue to broaden its work to further protect Ethiopia’s precious wildlife.