Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild


Although many organisations have been striving to protect great apes and monkeys many species are still in decline.  That is why Born Free remains committed to supporting conservation action, trade restrictions and law enforcement to help stem this tide.

Mountain gorilla © Ian Redmond
Mountain gorilla © Ian Redmond

There are two subspecies of western gorilla: the western lowland gorilla Gorilla gorilla gorilla and the Cross River gorilla G. g. diehli; and two subspecies of eastern gorilla: the mountain gorilla G. beringei beringei, and the eastern lowland or Grauer’s gorilla G. b. graueri.

Both western gorilla subspecies and the mountain gorilla are now Critically Endangered. The eastern lowland gorilla are Endangered (IUCN 2013), and all listed on CITES Appendix 1.

  • Born Free has partnered  with GRASP1 and Conservation International to award the UNEP-GRASP Ian Redmond Conservation Award to conservationists that  further great ape research and compassionate conservation action.  
  • In addition Born Free also funds an annual grant through the Primate Society of Great Britain.
  • Born Free, in partnership with the Humane Society International (Australia), funds a research and monitoring team in Kahuzi Biega National Park in DRC2 which protects the Endangered eastern lowland gorilla.
  • Born Free campaigns against the illegal trade in bushmeat from apes and other threatened species, and in the live trade in infant apes, which is exacerbated by logging and other commercial ventures that increase access to forest. 
  • As a member of FSC, Born Free encourages people to investigate the source of hardwood products and only buy those that have sustainably produced certification.
  • Born Free is an active member of the global Ape Alliance coalition that campaigns on behalf of captive and wild ape issues.
  • Since 2002 Born Free has been supporting LAGA3 and more recently the wider EAGLE network4, focusing on the enforcement of national legislation that covers  the protection and preservation of wildlife in a number of Central and West African countries.
  • Born Free has a long history of rescue, care, rehabilitation and release of wildlife.  It funds: the Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon.
1 UN’s Great Ape Survival Partnership
2 Democratic Republic of Congo, formerly Zaire
3 Last Great Ape Organisation
4 Eco Activists for Governance and Law Enforcement
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906

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