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Spokesperson Bios

Adam M. Roberts is chief executive officer of Born Free USA and is based in Washington, DC. He co-founded the organization in 2002 to bring the United Kingdom-based Born Free Foundation's message of compassionate conservation to the U.S. public.

Adam is a leading expert on wildlife conservation and has been interviewed by hundreds of media outlets around the world, as well as serving on influential panels from Washington, DC, to China and conducting lectures and other speaking engagements. He has significant expertise in international wildlife trade and captive wild animals and serves on the board of directors of the Species Survival Network, where he chairs the SSN Press Committee, Financial Committee, Bear Working Group and Animals in Captivity Working Group. Adam helped found the Global Federation of Animals Sanctuaries in 2007 and serves as President of the Board. GFAS accredits animal sanctuaries against a robust set of operational and species specific criteria. Adam is also a member of the board of Humane USA, and in 2003 he founded The $10 Club, a charity to fund poverty alleviation projects in developing countries. He runs the organization singlehandedly, and as a volunteer. To date, the organization has supported work in more than 50 countries. He often is interviewed on Big Blend's "The Nature Connection" radio program.

Adam is a New York native, graduated from Vassar College and lives in Washington, DC, with his wife, Stephanie, daughters Bella and Mia, two dogs, five cats and two gerbils.

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Tim Ajax is the Director of the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Dilley, Texas, which provides lifelong care for hundreds of monkeys in as natural an environment as possible.

Born in San Diego, CA Tim's family moved to Texas when he was six months old and then to San Antonio, TX when he was 7 where he has remained.

Tim has over 20 years of experience working hands-on with numerous species of wildlife including old and new world primates, carnivores and birds of prey. He brings extensive immobilization, enrichment, animal care, and enclosure design experience to the sanctuary and joined the Born Free USA team in early 2009

Prior to becoming the sanctuary director, Tim held multiple positions at Wildlife Rescue & Rehabilitation, Inc., including Assistant Director and Director of Veterinary Services, where he managed the daily operations of more than 300 sanctuary residents and more than 5,000 wild patients yearly.

Tim is a strong advocate of providing a high quality of life for captive animals with a focus on space, companionship, and enrichment.

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Barry Kent MacKay is Born Free USA's Canadian representative, and has been associated with our organization for nearly three decades. Barry wrote a weekly nature column for The Toronto Star for 25 years, and has authored numerous articles, essays, reviews, and three books, all dealing with nature or wildlife, especially birds. Barry is a founding director of Zoocheck-Canada, Animal Alliance of Canada and Species Survival Network, and helped start a federal political party in Canada dedicated to protecting animals and the environment. He has won several awards for his work as a writer and conservationist and his wildlife studies have taken him to Europe, Asia, Africa, South and Central America, and throughout much of North America.

Barry was named the year's artist for 2013 by Environment for the Americas' International Migratory Bird Day, and the 2013 artist of the year by Bird Studies Canada.

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