Wild lions of Meru National Park
Meru is a very special place with a very special connection for Born Free – it was where Elsa, the lioness made famous by the book and film Born Free, was released back into the wild.
In conversation with Virginia McKenna OBE
Virginia McKenna OBE, Born Free's co-founder, gives a personal account of how she finds nature in every day modern life and what she hopes for the future of wildlife.
Chimpanzees for neighbours
Dr Matt McLennan is the Director and Co-Founder of the Bulindi Chimpanzee & Community Project in Uganda, where chimpanzees live alongside farmers in rural areas of the country and often come into conflict with one another.
Tracking lions in Kenya
Our field team in Kenya monitors the 60-80 lions who live in Meru National Park every day.
Living with Tigers
Co-existence between humans and tigers is the daily challenge for rural communities in India, which is home to about 3,000 – or 70% – of all wild tigers left worldwide. Born Free's Nikki Tagg explains in the latest podcast episode.
Elsa - the lioness rescued from the circus
In 2014, Born Free worked with Italian animal welfare organisation Lega Anti Vivisezione (LAV) to remove Elsa, along with several other animals, from a ramshackle circus in Sardinia.
Have we forgotten about dolphins?
With more than 3,000 whales, dolphins and porpoises in captivity worldwide today, we discuss why bottlenose dolphins, beluga whales and sea lions are treated so differently from their relatives.
Last lions of Meru?
Born Free works in Meru to safeguard the lions who call this national park home. They are Elsa’s legacy. Our vital work includes monitoring, tracking, surveying and protecting Meru’s lion population.
Grevy's zebra facts
Zebra stripes are unique, but Grevy’s zebra are even more so – their stripes are straight and thinner, making them different from the more common plains zebra. Here are three interesting facts about this endangered species.
Mfalme - leader of Meru's Mulika Pride
Mfalme lives in Meru National Park, in Kenya, and is the head of Mulika Pride, which has about 18 lions. He is very fatherly and loves having cubs around him, which is very unusual for a lion!
Fighting wildlife crime
Wildlife crime consultant Greta Iori is fighting to protect Ethiopia’s wildlife, one elephant at a time. She is responsible for championing an alliance protecting the most northerly population of elephants in the horn of Africa.
Sami the leopard
Sami was found abandoned in the Sudanese bush in 2001 when he was thought to be just four months old. We found him a new home at Born Free's big cat sanctuary at Shamwari Private Game Reserve.
In conversation with Ian Redmond
In the early 1980s, Ian Redmond OBE ventured to Rwanda as a research assistant with Dr Dian Fossey. A tropical biologist and wildlife conservationist in his own right, he has amassed a wealth of knowledge regarding the conservation of great apes and elephants in particular.
Long live the lion King
As a cub, King was kept illegally as a pet in France. He was beaten and kicked by his owner, who then posted images of the abuse on social media. King was in a dire situation, but look at him now - he's flourishing!
The elephant episode
In this episode of the Born Free Podcast, we hear from Penny Banham, Born Free’s Conservation Officer, about her year spent in Tanzania studying elephant movement and her own experiences with these giants in the field.
Adopt The Elephant Family
The Elephant Family has been monitored and protected since 1973, when the Amboseli Elephant Research Project – Africa’s longest running study of wild African elephants – first began.