Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Born Free unites for wildlife this Christmas!

19 December 2017

Categories: Homepage News, Kenya News

Virginia McKenna welcomes Born Free Kenya team and charity's Trustees  at our Horsham HQ

Much-loved actress and co-founder of the Born Free Foundation, Virginia McKenna OBE, gave a hearty welcome to special guests from the Born Free Kenya team this Christmas, when they jetted in for a series of important meetings geared towards protecting endangered species and combatting the illegal wildlife trade.

Born Free Kenya’s Country Manager, Timothy Oloo, Operations Manager Phoebe Odhiang and Research Officer Newton Simiyu, who are based in Nairobi, arrived at the international wildlife charity’s Horsham headquarters on Monday 11th December. They were greeted by Virginia, and her eldest son, Born Free’s President Will Travers OBE, who co-founded the charity 32 years ago, alongside the late Bill Travers MBE.

The week-long stay in Sussex was Tim, Phoebe and Newton’s first visit to Britain, and was an opportunity for them to meet their UK colleagues, and the charity’s trustees. They gave a series of presentations about their vital conservation work in the field, and attended seminars with leading environmental experts.

Virginia McKenna said: “It was a very special visit from Tim, Phoebe and Newton. We are truly fortunate to have such a dedicated, loyal and enthusiastic team in Kenya. I have unbounded admiration for all they do, and how they deal with the challenges. It means a lot to me that some of them are doing such important work in Meru National Park, where the story of Elsa the lioness and Born Free began, and also their increasing involvement in local schools. Young people are the hope for the future of wildlife.”

Newton, Phoebe, Virginia, Tim and Will © Born Free / Born Free team © Born Free

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


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