THE BORN FREE BLOG

Born Free works across the world to protect and preserve wildlife in its natural habitat. 

The Born Free blog gives our team – both in the office and out in the field – a platform to share their views on the latest news stories and issues affecting wildlife conservation and captive animal welfare.

Our blogs are published regularly, so please keep checking back, or follow us on social media, to stay updated.

TROPHY HUNTING: PUTTING THE CON IN CONSERVATION

Published: 06/11/2018 9:50am

Trophy hunting is predominantly the preserve of wealthy individuals from the developed world. In their attempt to justify these narcissistic motivations, proponents claim that trophy hunting benefits wildlife conservation. But the evidence for these claims simply doesn’t stack up, says Born Free's Head of Policy, Dr Mark Jones.

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TRACKING MULIKA PRIDE

Published: 05/11/2018 7:00am

Born Free Kenya's Meru Project Driver, Victor Cheruiyot, recalls a recent encounter with the Mulika Pride in Meru National Park.

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CONSERVATION OPTIMISM

Published: 31/10/2018 7:00am

Successes are possible in conservation. They’re hard won, but they give us hope and they open our eyes to a more optimistic future, says Born Free's Conservation Projects Officer Penny Banham.

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DROWNING IN PLASTIC

Published: 24/10/2018 7:00am

A few weeks ago the BBC aired Drowning in Plastic, a shocking documentary that followed Liz Bonnin as she travelled the globe to understand the scale of our plastic problem.

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GARDENERS OF THE FOREST

Published: 18/10/2018 7:00am

Wild animals play a crucial role in developing and maintaining ecosystems, says Born Free's Senior Wildlife Consultant Ian Redmond OBE.

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LEFT BEHIND

Published: 16/10/2018 7:00am

Emily Neil, Born Free's Field Conservation Assistant, examines how elephants hunting hurts the whole herd.

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BORN FREE AT IWT: DAY TWO

Published: 12/10/2018 2:51pm

Born Free is at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference 2018 in London - a two-day conference that has brought together more than 80 countries to tackle the £17bn a year illegal trade in wildlife.

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BORN FREE AT IWT: DAY ONE

Published: 11/10/2018 2:17pm

Born Free is at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference 2018 in London - a two-day conference that has brought together more than 80 countries to tackle the £17bn a year illegal trade in wildlife.

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IS YOUR NEIGHBOUR A DANGEROUS WILD ANIMAL?

Published: 09/10/2018 7:00am

From death adders in Plymouth, to zebras in Scotland, nearly 5,000 dangerous wild animals are privately-owned in Britain, explains Born Free's Campaigns Officer Samantha Goddard.

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UK ZOOS ARE FALLING SHORT

Published: 05/10/2018 7:00am

Born Free's new Captivity Campaigns Manager, Ellie Henderson, reflects on her recent visits to five UK zoos.

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DIVIDED BY DNA. LINKED BY LOSS

Published: 02/10/2018 8:00am

Savannah and forest elephants diverged millions of years ago, but their plight is the same today, says Born Free’s Conservation Projects Officer Penny Banham

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BURNING AMBITION

Published: 28/09/2018 7:00am

What is it like to attend an ivory burn? As part of our Elephants in Crisis campaign, Born Free’s President and Co-Founder, Will Travers OBE, describes the tumult of emotions he felt at two ivory burns in Kenya

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MY WILD MALAWI ADVENTURE

Published: 26/09/2018 9:29am

What's it like to volunteer on a Born Free-supported project? In a guest blog, Laura Praill describes her incredible time at Lilongwe Wildlife Centre in Malawi

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MARINA: A BEAUTIFUL SOUL

Published: 19/09/2018 2:35pm

Glen Vena, Born Free’s Animal Care Manager at our big cat sanctuary in South Africa, remembers Marina the lioness who recently passed away.

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SOLIO: THE HOTTEST MALE IN MERU

Published: 11/09/2018 7:00am

Born Free Kenya’s Meru Conservation Area Research Officer Simiyu Newton reports on the antics of Meru National Park’s newest lion

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