Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Virginia McKenna's Office

Virginia McKenna, OBE - Founder and Trustee

Following a successful career as an actress, Virginia started Zoo Check in 1984 with her late husband, Bill Travers, and eldest son, Will, after the premature death of Pole Pole, an elephant she had come to know during the filming of 'An Elephant Called Slowly' who was later gifted to London Zoo by the Kenya Government.  Zoo Check later became the registered charity, the Born Free Foundation.  Whilst Virginia still finds time to work occasionally as an actress, her leading role now is within the conservation and animal welfare movement.  Virginia has also authored, co-authored and co-edited numerous books as well as travelling extensively over the years visiting zoos about which the Born Free Foundation has received complaints and, wherever possible, she accompanies rescued Big Cats to Born Free’s sanctuaries in India and South Africa.  Virginia also speaks at numerous events, supports various other charitable organisations and is patron to many others.

Sarah Stead – PA to Virginia McKenna

Sarah started as Virginia's part-time PA/Secretary in February 2006.  Her duties include working with Virginia on day-to-day correspondence, making arrangements for her diary, general smooth-running of the Coldharbour office and helping wherever needed.

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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