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Peter Andre visits Kenya with Born Free

6 July 2015

Categories: Big Cats Campaign News, Kenya News

International singer and TV personality Peter Andre travelled to Kenya with the Born Free Foundation in a bid to help protect the wild lion population in East Africa.

Peter, who is a Born Free Patron and animal lover, visited the awe-inspiring country to witness first-hand the international wildlife charity’s ongoing and important compassionate conservation work to halt the continuing decline of wild lions in Kenya.

Kenya has approximately 2,000 lions and is one of the last remaining strongholds for the species. However, numbers are thought to have fallen by around 20% in just 10 years. Data recently released by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature also revealed the number of lions across Africa has reduced by approximately 42% over the past 21 years.

Flying from London to Nairobi courtesy of Kenya Airways – which helps raise money for Born Free through a range of activities including in-flight collections – Peter joined a team of field conservationists to travel 250km south in a Land Rover Defender to Amboseli National Park. He spent two nights at the stunning Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge – which supports boma-building and tree-planting projects. At Serena, he learnt from Born Free Kenya’s Programmes Officer, David Monoa, how lions and other big cats can be saved with the help of simple and cost-effective bomas.

Peter said: “It was staggering to learn that the threat to Africa’s wild lions doesn’t just come from hunting, but local farmers too, as they lose livestock to wild animals and sometimes kill the lions in retaliation. By building these bomas, we can help protect their livelihoods, as well as help ensure the survival of these beautiful animals.”

Having helped Born Free relocate two rescued ex-circus lionesses from Europe back to Africa in 2014, Peter was happy to get his hands dirty and help out. The boma will now provide protection for up to 800 cows and 400 sheep or goats, as well as encourage wild lions to move away from the village to find food.

Kenya is a key, strategic country for wild animal conservation and is also of historical significance to the Born Free Foundation – the charity’s co-founders Virginia McKenna OBE and her late husband Bill Travers MBE starred in the iconic film Born Free, set in the country, in 1966.

Adam M. Roberts, CEO of the Born Free Foundation, said: “Born Free’s Kenya office carries out a number of important conservation activities within Kenya, including our lion boma and conservation work. Local communities are consulted and involved in all the work we do, including protecting wild animals, anti-poaching and education outreach, and human-lion conflict mitigation projects. Having Peter’s great support is invaluable in spreading the word about our compassionate conservation endeavours for this beleaguered species. Lions are perilously close to facing extinction throughout significant portions of their range and we need to act now to stop the steady decline.”

Peter Andre shot to fame in the 1990s as a singer/songwriter with hits including Mysterious Girl and Flava. He has since starred in a number of high-profile reality TV programmes and now presents the popular interior design TV programme Peter Andre’s 60 Minute Makeover in the UK. He is also the face of UK supermarket chain Iceland.

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