Born Free works in close collaboration with many like-minded campaign groups, forming a wide range of influential international coalitions, alliances and partnerships. By working co-operatively, pooling resources and sharing expertise, Born Free is helping to maximise efforts and achieve more for wildlife.



The Ape Alliance is an international coalition of organisations and individuals, working for the conservation and welfare of apes. The Alliance provides a forum for discussion of ape issues and lobbies collectively for enforcement of legislation to improve the welfare and conservation of apes. 

The Alliance campaigns for greater public awareness of ape issues and increased respect for apes and encourages information exchange between member groups and coordinate relevant activities and events.  For several years Born Free has been a supporting member of Ape Alliance and has funded all outstanding secretariat costs.




The Asia for Animals (AfA) Coalition is composed of 24 well known and respected animal welfare organisations that have a shared focus on improving the welfare of animals in Asia.

The coalition is further supported by a global network of over 600 animal welfare organisations working together to tackle issues across Asia as one voice.




The China Cetacean Alliance is a coalition of international animal protection and conservation organisations whose aim is to raise awareness of the conservation and welfare issues associated with the capture of free-ranging whales, dolphins and porpoises (also known as cetaceans) and their subsequent holding in ocean theme parks in mainland China.



Dolphinaria Free Europe


Born Free is a founding member of Dolphinaria-Free Europe, a European coalition of NGOs and professionals, working together to end the keeping of cetaceans (whales, dolphins and porpoises) in captivity.

The coalition seeks greater protection for captive cetaceans through investigation, advocacy and education; members of the coalition share the position that wild animals should not be exploited for human entertainment. 




End Wildlife Crime’s starting point is that the status quo is not an option. Transformative change is required to international laws to address global biodiversity, climate, development, public and animal health challenges.

End Wildlife Crime is an alliance of individuals and organisations that support the need for these law reforms. It is hosted by the ADM Capital Foundation, overseen by a small steering group, and is chaired by John Scanlon AO, former Secretary General of CITES.





The Great Apes Survival Project (GRASP) Partnership is an innovative and ambitious project of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Its immediate challenge is to lift the threat of imminent extinction faced by gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans across their ranges in equatorial Africa and south-east Asia. Great ape populations are declining at an alarming rate worldwide.

In response, GRASP operates politically at local, national and international scales to encourage the prioritisation of great ape conservation strategies and develops range states’ technical capacity to achieve GRASP goals.

Born Free provided the core of the GRASP Technical Support Team (TST) from September 2001 to January 2011 - liaising with the governments of great ape range states and providing them with valuable equipment, as well as interfacing with the broader conservation community and supporting the GRASP administration. GRASP is currently undergoing a 5-year review to chart its next phase and Born Free continues to be an active partner, and our Senior Wildlife Consultant Ian Redmond OBE remains a GRASP Envoy.



Wildlife and Countryside


Wildlife and Countryside Link is a unique coalition of charitable organisations concerned with the conservation and protection of the UK’s wildlife and the countryside.

Born Free has been a member since 2015, and currently chairs Link’s Wildlife Crime and Trade Working Group, as well as contributing to the work of the Animal Welfare Strategy Group.





The Species Survival Network (SSN) is an international coalition of nearly 80 organizations committed to the promotion, enhancement and strict enforcement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Through scientific and legal research, education and advocacy, the SSN is working to prevent over-exploitation of animals and plants due to international trade.

The Network strongly believes that such trade can occur only when evidence positively demonstrates that survival of the species, subspecies or populations and their role in the ecosystems in which they occur will not be detrimentally affected by trade and when trade in live animals minimizes the risk of injury, damage to health or cruel treatment. The species must always receive the benefit of the doubt if available evidence is uncertain.

SSN is now recognised as the leading coalition of wildlife organisations working within the CITES framework to reduce the impact of international trade on wild fauna and flora. Born Free helped to establish the SSN in 1993 and since then Will Travers has been the chair of the Board.  SSN successfully investigates and exposes the illegal trade in wild animals and wildlife products.  



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The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations.

It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. Born Free has been a member since 2015. The IUCN’s Canid Specialist Group is the world's chief body of scientific and practical expertise on the status and conservation of all canid species.

The group is chaired by Born Free’s Chief Scientist, Professor Claudio Sillero, and has been supported by the Foundation since 1995.  Born Free's Head of Conservation, Liz Greengrass, is a member of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group – Section on Great Apes



As an environmental treaty under the aegis of the United Nations Environment Programme, the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) provides a global platform for the conservation of migratory animals and their habitats. CMS brings together the States through which migratory animals pass, the Range States, and lays the legal foundation for internationally coordinated conservation measures throughout a migratory range.

As the only global convention specialiSing in the conservation of migratory species, their habitats and migration routes, CMS complements and co-operates with a number of other international organizations, NGOs and partners in the media as well as in the corporate sector.




Thin Green Line Foundation (UK) is an organisation dedicated to protecting nature's protectors. Rangers are the most effective frontline resource in wildlife and habitat conservation yet they are generally underpaid, poorly equipped and insufficiently trained. Over 1000 rangers have died in the field over the past 10 years. Thin Green Line strives to provide these men and women with the support they deserve and need to continue protecting threatened species around the world.



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