Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

About the Marine Project

Orca (c) Jared Towers
Taking action to protect key marine creatures (c) Jared Towers

Born Free’s Marine project was launched in 1994 to protect key threatened marine creatures. 

Born Free’s Marine project protects key sea-living creatures under threat.  Born Free protects rare basking sharks, the world’s second largest fish, in UK waters; funds endangered marine turtle and dugong conservation in Tanzania; monitors and protects wild orcas in Canada; helps rescue stranded cetaceans off the British coast; fights captive cetacean exploitation and opposes wild capture.

Born Free's Marine Project
  • Funds wild conservation programmes for turtles, dugongs, sharks and dolphins.
  • Campaigns against confinement of marine animals in marine parks and aquaria
  • Helps rescue stranded marine mammals
  • Raises awareness to the plight of marine creatures

Born Free's Marine project:

  • Funds wild conservation programmes for turtles, dugongs, sharks and dolphins.
  • Campaigns against confinement of marine animals in marine parks and aquaria
  • Helps rescue stranded marine mammals
  • Raises awareness to the plight of marine creatures

Marine project achievements:

  • Our ‘Survey of UK Dolphinaria’ (1988) exposed inadequate captive facilities, leading to tighter regulations (1990) and the end of UK dolphinaria (1993).
  • Successfully returned the UK’s last three captive dolphins to the wild in the Caribbean (1990).
  • Provided longterm support of Orcalab, the world’s longest running study of wild cetacean (since 1994).
  • Helped establish the Tanzanian Turtle and Dugong Conservation Programme, now known as Sea Sense (2001).
  • Successfully supported the UK government’s CITES* bid to regulate global trade in basking shark fins and oil (2002).
  • Helped rescue Springer, the baby orca, from Seattle USA and return her to her wild family in Canada (2002)
  • Helped fund a report on the Status of Dugongs in the Western Indian Ocean (2004)
  • Funded vital beach clean-up and supported the Turtle Conservation Project in Sri Lanka after the tsunami (2005)
  • Helped fund Profauna Indonesia to protect turtles (2006)
*Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.  CITES regulates trade in threatened animals and plants.
Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906


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