“Everything we do is about one. One animal, one animal suffering, one animal we can help, one species, one person, one community, one leader – and that becomes one more.”

– Virginia McKenna OBE

Virginia’s Circle of Compassion brings together an inspiring network of like-minded people, with a passion for wild animals, from all over the world. Pooling knowledge, distinctive ideas and expertise, the remarkable group of women are on a mission to help transform global conservation and wild animal welfare.

Guided by Virginia, members share insights and collaborate on unique enterprises to support wildlife, voting to allocate funds to specific projects. Motivated by compassion, the prestigious Circle sponsors key initiatives and makes a huge difference so wild animals can thrive.

At regular online meetings the Circle hear exclusive updates and behind the scenes insights from the Born Free team such as Head of Policy, veterinarian Dr Mark Jones, or Catherine Gillson and Glen Vena from our big cat sanctuary in South Africa.

In 2022, members voted to use their funding to install electric fencing to protect enclosures for rescued lions at our Ensessa Kotteh rescue centre in Ethiopia.

Their next priority is a pioneering new project in Meru National Park, Kenya, which will mitigate conflict between people and wild elephants by installing beehive fencing around farmland to protect crops from elephant raids.

For further information about joining Virginia's Circle of Compassion, please email Joanne Bartholomew who will be delighted to hear from you.



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