Auction raises over £75,000
Having delighted thousands of visitors to Bournemouth during the summer, the Pride in Bournemouth lions said farewell as they made their final public appearance at the star-studded lion auction on 18th September.
Over 1,000 people filled the Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth the see the lions auctioned to raise funds for Born Free and Julia’s House. Born Free patron Martin Clunes hosted the event with celebrity TV auctioneer James Lewis leading the auction to encourage the highest bids from the audience.
Virginia McKenna explained how the money raised would be used to help Born Free’s work including the rescue and care of individual lions from miserable, captive conditions plus the conservation of lions in the wild.
Born Free is working with Kenyan communities to reduce the decline in lion population by building predator proof Bomas (strong, large enclosures) to keep the locals livestock safe at night. Through protecting valuable livestock, retaliatory lion killings can be prevented.
Also, Born Free is developing a Wildlife Rescue, Conservation and Education Centre near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia which provides lifetime care for lions as well as other wild animals rescued from illegal trade and deplorable captive conditions.
It was wonderful to see so many loyal Born Free supporters at the event as well as introduce new members to our family.