Born Free is committed to protecting threatened species in their natural habitats and preventing animal suffering by building sustainable systems for co-existence.
Wildlife is coming under increasing pressure from both environmental and human driven changes. The threats are many and include habitat degradation and destruction, unsustainable exploitation of resources and human-wildlife conflict.
Born Free recognises the interconnection between wildlife and community well-being. The human element cannot be separated from the conservation of wildlife. Therefore, building a sense of stewardship towards our planet, its natural resources and our wild neighbours is essential for the protection and survival of so many species, including lions, elephants and pangolins to name but a few.
With compassionate conservation at our core, we work with communities who live alongside wildlife to promote tolerance and co-existence.
In order to enable lasting behaviour change in support of animal welfare and wildlife conservation we raise the profile and importance of these issues with policymakers, the wider public and other stakeholders in the UK, Europe and further afield, through education and advocacy.
"In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught"
- Baba Dioum (1968)
Through our country offices we are able to directly reach schools, communities and individuals living alongside wildlife.
At Ensessa Kotteh our education programme offers predominantly centre-based learning for schools, nature clubs, colleges and universities. Our intention is to provide an all-embracing, memorable educational experience for everyone, whether our guests are local school children or international visitors.
The experience focuses around three key ideas to reinforce our message – Keep Wildlife in the Wild – and these are: Protect the environment: Protect wildlife: Respect wildlife:
Team: Million Genta, Education Officer
Over the last 20 years our education programme in Kenya has focussed on four partner schools.
Bordering Mwaluganje Elephant Sanctuary, Ngonzini Primary School experiences rife conflict with elephants, by helping them build much-needed classrooms, supporting a scholarship programme and providing books more children have remained in school and so learnt about co-existence and the importance of their wild neighbours. Our other partner schools are Ol Moti and Lenkisem in Amboseli, and Kanjoo, near Meru National Park.
While the wildlife led us there, the people and communities have driven us to adapt our methods and build lasting partnerships. We aim to leave behind a generation that will value wild animals as we do.
Team: Phoebe Odhiang, Education Programmes Officer
Born Free has two big cat sanctuaries situated within Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. Both these sanctuaries have fully equipped education centres.
Our education programme has been running since 1999 with the opening of our first sanctuary the Julie Ward Centre. We work closely with schools from across the country and with our local communities. Our education programme gives children an opportunity to learn about Born Free and its principals and to see the amazing wildlife of the Eastern Cape roaming free on Shamwari. Through this Programme Born Free is also able to help four schools in close vicinity to the sanctuaries with much needed equipment and infrastructure.
Team: Sidney Clay, Education Officer, and Thembela Schoeman, Education Assistant
Since 2003 our Global Friends programme has provided small grants to schools and community groups connected to existing Born Free-supported wildlife conservation and animal welfare partners.
It is our belief that promoting tolerance and co-existence amongst communities living alongside wildlife – in environmentally fragile areas or areas supporting high biodiversity – enhances the long term success of any conservation efforts, and both wildlife and communities benefit.
• Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, Malawi
• Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust, Uganda
• Sea Sense, Tanzania
• Zambia Primate Project, Zambia
• Pole Pole Foundation, Democratic Republic of Congo
Since 2017 partner schools in Kenya, Sri Lanka and South Africa have been supported through our direct outreach programmes to promote a coordinated country level approach.
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Our work also covers education in the UK.
If you would like Born Free to talk at your school, community group, event or club please do get in touch. All of our educational talks are free of charge but we may sometime need to ask for travel expenses to be covered. For more information please fill out below form and contact Laura Gosset.