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Global Friends

Conservation through Environmental Education

Global Friends promotes tolerance and co-existence amongst local communities living alongside wildlife in environmentally fragile areas or areas supporting high biodiversity by encouraging environmental education-based solutions and creating positive opportunities for children.

Today’s and tomorrow’s farmers, politicians, entrepreneurs, conservationists and parents, to name but a few, are also the current and future stewards of their local environment. By empowering and inspiring these communities we take a holistic approach to wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental protection.

Since 2003 Born Free has been working with local schools and communities throughout Africa and more recently Sri Lanka. Through the Global Friends Programme Born Free’s support currently benefits over 4,500 people as well as thousands more indirectly.  .

The Global Friends Programme has supported some of the needs of 15 schools or community groups in 8 countries through its small grants programme. These funds allow the schools or communities to provide text books, tree nursery tools or help them to raise awareness on a local environmental issue - many of the environmental issues faced by these communities also directly or indirectly impact wildlife such as lions, elephants, sea turtles and more. By providing a more productive learning atmosphere environmental education can become a higher priority and both wildlife and the community will benefit.

It has been shown that ‘building a caring and educated population, that can holistically address environmental threats and connect people with nature, is critical to the success of future conservation efforts’. *

If you are interested in supporting our Global Friends Programme please go to: (

* Balmford, A., & Cowling, R. M> (2006). Fusion or failure: The future of conservation biology. Conservation Biology, 20, 692-695

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