Nurturing creativity to support wildlife conservation and welfare

Born Free strives to enable and support engagement with wildlife conservation and welfare discussions in a way that empowers the learner. Delving into issues such as the global biodiversity crisis and the abuse of wild animals kept as pets, for example, can be intense and often complex areas of study – making it challenging for learners to fully engage and can be overwhelming in their scale and implications, contributing to eco-anxiety.  

By using art, drama and other forms of creative expression students can engage with a science-based discipline in a way that suits different learning styles – using it as a gateway to understanding the threats faced by wildlife, the importance of animal welfare and compassion, as well as the potential solutions we can all feed into. 

For more information about any of these projects please contact David Bolton.


Pangolin (Ships in the Night)

Pangolin is a new family play which tells the story of a girl who, by defying the will of her poacher parents, learns to use the courage of her convictions and chooses to protect the gentle pangolin. Produced by Ships in the Night, in association with Born Free, the production is currently in development – more information to follow. 

This play uses creativity to address the plight of the pangolin. The play will have both school and family showings and is aimed at children aged eight to twelve years - accompanied by active learning within scheduled workshops, teaching resources and meet and greet sessions.

Last Chance To Paint (John Dyer)

Last Chance to Paint, a collaboration between artist John Dyer, Born Free and the Eden Project encourages children to create their own piece of art, inspired by the journeys of the team. This cross-curricular project offers a range of classroom or homebased interactive learning experiences to bring the vibrant sights and sounds of the different habitats and ecosystems to life, highlighting the threats faced by the people, plants and animals that live there.

Classes or individuals can also interact with the programme team LIVE from the field.




Where did all the animals go? (Jane McCraken)

Where did all the animals go? is an art and environmental education project with drawing, one of the oldest forms of communication, at its core. The programme is designed to offer young people multiple points of engagement with the project, developing cultural and scientific capital.

The project fosters a love for the natural world, increases awareness of the threats facing wildlife and encourages young people to take action. While the direct outreach will be limited to schools in the north east UK, other schools may still be able to engage in the project through the legacy of resources created.





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