Chris is a zoologist and chartered biologist, responsible for investigating the welfare of wild animals in captivity around the world and for overseeing animal welfare across all BFF projects. Chris also leads on promoting Born Free’s Compassionate Conservation initiative. He has worked for several animal welfare organisations on issues involving laboratory animals, farmed animals and wildlife. He previously worked as an animal keeper in a sanctuary in the USA with a range of wild animals, and primarily with 50 retired laboratory chimpanzees. Chris is also the European Coordinator for the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS). He is also undertaking a PhD at the University of Bristol on the implementation of legislation and assessment of animal welfare in zoos. email@example.com
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A conservation biologist, Claudio has been working with Born Free since 1995. In 2003 he was appointed the Bill Travers Fellow for Wildife Conservation at Lady Margaret Hall, the University of Oxford. Claudio is based at Oxford's Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) and is BFF’s Head of Conservation, charged with strategic planning and overseeing BFF's portfolio of conservation projects. He coordinates monthly Conservation Team meetings and is the Director of the Ethiopian Wolf Conservation Programme and the Satpuda Landscape Tiger Programme.
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Daniel began working for the Born Free Foundation since 2000 and, having led Born Free’s core Programme, Zoo Check, for many years, now is responsible for developing and managing the charity’s agenda in raising international standards in animal protection in Europe and in a global context, through compassionate tourism. Daniel is a Chartered Environmental Biologist with a background in field conservation, and experience investigating illegal wildlife trade at the Wildlife Protection Society of India. At the Born Free Foundation, Daniel has initiated and led on a number of ground-breaking initiatives, including: the formation of the NGO coalitions, ENDCAP and the Dolphinaria-Free Europe to focus efforts on improving the welfare of wild animals in captivity in Europe; the extensive review on zoo regulation and compliance across the European Union, the EU Zoo Inquiry; the authorship of ABTA’s Global Welfare Guidance for Animals in Tourism, now adopted by tour operators across Europe; and various initiatives at the European Parliament to improve animal welfare and combat wildlife trafficking. Daniel is Born Free Foundation’s representative in European lobby, he is the Coordinator of ENDCAP, the Policy Officer for the Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition and a member of the Global Council of the World Cetacean Alliance. email@example.com
With a background in field biology and considerable experience as a wildlife volunteer, Gabriel joined Born Free fulltime in 2009 and is primarily responsible for conservation field projects in Asia, including those in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India. He also works on wildlife trade issues, in particular those relating to elephants and tigers and co-ordinates the ivory trade and elephant poaching website bloodyivory.org. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian works from the Bristol office as Chief Consultant to GRASP under contract with UNEP and BFF. He first became advisor to Zoo Check on gorillas and elephants in 1986, and co-founded Elefriends in 1989. He is a Consultant on specific field projects, such as Kahuzi-Biega National Park, DRC, Limbe Wildlife Centre, Cameroon, Mount Elgon Elephant Monitoring, Kenya, Elephant Transit Home, Sri Lanka and the polar bear project, Churchill and CITES work. Born Free supports Ian’s work as Chairman of Ape Alliance, SSN Primate Working Group and Vice-Chair UK Rhino Group. email@example.com
Katy’s main role is to ensure the smooth running of the Ape Alliance Bristol Office, co-ordinating volunteers and supporting Ian in all aspects of his work with Born Free, Ape Alliance and GRASP
Laura joined the conservation team in July 2012 and works on rescue, care and conservation projects. This includes working with partner organisations such as the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Ngamba Island and Limbe Wildlife Centre as well as providing support for Born Free Foundation Ethiopia and their flagship Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre, Ensessakotteh. Laura also co-ordinates Born Free’s Global Friends Programme, a small grants programme to support environmental education in schools and communities linked to our conservation projects. With a background in biology Laura completed a Masters in Environmental Conservation Management at the University of Glamorgan before joining the team in Horsham. firstname.lastname@example.org
Liz joined Born Free in September 2014. Liz has almost 20 years- experience implementing projects in Africa as a field conservationist for both NGOs and the private sector. After spending seven years studying chimpanzees at Gombe National Park in Tanzania, her work took her to Nigeria, Cameroon and Liberia and the Guinean forests of West Africa where her focus was often on the conservation of chimpanzees and other primate species. In addition, Liz is knowledgeable on rural livelihoods such as bushmeat hunting and trade, protected area management and law enforcement. In recent years, she has increasingly worked with the extractive industries (iron ore and oil exploration) and agribusiness, specifically oil palm, implementing and coordinating biodiversity baseline studies and rapid surveys as part of Environmental Impact Assessments and acting in an advisory capacity, recommending potential mitigation measures, as part of various industry-led initiatives. email@example.com
Mark joined Born Free in October 2014 to work on international wildlife trade and wildlife management issues. A vet by training, Mark worked for many years on fish health and protection, before spending five years travelling extensively and volunteering in wild animal rescue and rehabilitation projects in South America and Asia. He has Masters degrees in aquatic and wild animal health, and brings with him several years’ experience in the non-government animal protection sector. firstname.lastname@example.org
Samantha joined Born Free In August 2014 following a 6 month internship with us. She works primarily on captive wild animal policy issues within the Zoo Check team, and as secretary for both ENDCAP and the affiliated, Dolphinaria-Free Europe coalition, Samantha prioritises work on captive wild animal welfare in Europe and particularly seeks to phase out cetacean captivity. email@example.com
Sarah joined Born Free in 2006 and her role provides support for Zoo Check’s day to day work and campaigns. She is the primary contact for animal welfare complaints received through Born Free’s Traveller’s Animal Alert; maintains Zoo Check’s complaints database; investigates and responds to animal welfare complaints; answers requests for information and various other administrative tasks. firstname.lastname@example.org
Susanna joined the Born Free Foundation in September 2016 and works across teams researching grant funding opportunities, coordinating grant proposals and applying for funding from trusts and foundations.
With a background in forestry and roles with environmental NGOs, Susanna has undertaken landscape-scale conservation projects, local environmental projects to protect and conserve biodiversity, wildlife and habitats, and community engagement initiatives. email@example.com
Tricia is Born Free’s longest serving member of staff having started working on the Zoo Check project in 1984. She then co-ordinated the Big Cat Project which developed from Born Free’s first big cat rescue in 1995 and now focuses on our big cat rescues, which she co-ordinates with Alison Hood, as well as being the point of contact for our lion and leopard sanctuaries in Shamwari Wildlife Reserve in South Africa. In addition, Tricia works on captive big cat issues alongside the Zoo Check team and Adam Roberts in the USA. She is also involved in big cat conservation through her input in Born Free’s Bengal tiger conservation programme, which is co-ordinated by Dr. Claudio Sillero. Tricia also runs Born Free’s letter writing campaign, ‘Activate’. firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie joined the Born Free Foundation in February 2016 and works within the Zoo Check team, focussing primarily on captive animal issues in the UK and our work on exotic pets. Katie has travelled extensively, volunteering her time to rescue centres in South Africa, South East Asia and Europe, working with a variety of cetacea, primates and bears. Prior to her travels, Katie studied Animal Care, Welfare and Business Management at college and university; most recently being involved in wildlife education and outreach work with young people in Cumbria.