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Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, attended the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's November 14 ivory crush, in which nearly six tons of confiscated elephant ivory was destroyed. Roberts explained the significance of this historic event in an interview with the Associated Press.
We're proud to announce that Born Free has just received two exciting awards: a lifetime achievement award for Founder Virginia McKenna at the New York Wildlife Conservation Film Festival and a 2013 World Tourism Award. McKenna and her son Will Travers, CEO of Born Free USA, accepted the World Tourism Award at a high profile ceremony at the World Travel Market in London.
Will you "adopt" a primate at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary? Adoptions help us provide the monkeys with nutritious food, expert care, and critical rehabilitation. Adoption packages are available for $25, $52, or $100 per year, or become a Primate Sustainer with a monthly contribution of $10 or more. You can adopt Carly, Grinch, Khy, Mig, Nala, or Friendly, our newest adoptable baboon: a dominant female who just arrived at the Sanctuary after a lifetime in a research lab. Adopt today and give the gift of a brighter tomorrow!
Born Free USA staff joined hundreds of other compassionate ele-friends in Washington DC for The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust's International March for Elephants on Friday 4th, October. Born Free USA CEO, Will Travers, spoke at the rally in front of the White House. Check out his speech and photos from the march!
Our work is far from over, though. Born Free USA continues to fight against elephant poaching and illegal wildlife trafficking, and you can be a part of these efforts! From now through October 14, your purchase of a 'Crush the Ivory Trade' campaign tee-shirt from FLOAT Apparel will help support Born Free USA's work. Advocate for elephants in style, and remember to Say No to Ivory!
For as little as 50 cents per week, you can change the life of an animal by adopting a monkey at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. We need your help to give them all that they need to live happy and healthy lives. Packages are available for $25, $52, or $100. Or, you can become a compassionate Primate Sustainer with a monthly contribution of $10 or more. Adopt today!
A loyal animal lover, Margaret Green is running a half marathon on September 22 to raise awareness for wild animals and Born Free USA! Please support Margaret's fundraiser by making a donation today. All of the proceeds benefit Born Free USA. Visit Margaret's fundraising page today!
The popular publication tells the story of how a big-cat rescuer, Born Free USA's Executive Vice President, Adam Roberts, met and married a small-cat rescuer, Stephanie Shain. Their individual experiences with different types of cat rescue compliment and motivate each other to help cats of all sizes. Read the story »
The Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary cares for over 600 primates — and you can help by taking advantage of our new and improved adoption program! For $25, $52 or $100 a year, you can make a difference in primates' lives. Your donation helps us provide food, care and rehabilitation to these individuals and your adoption kit will provide you with materials about your adopted primate — including a color photo. Adopt a primate today »
Show others that you support Born Free USA with our 100 percent organic cotton T-shirts. Your purchase goes toward our work on behalf of animals and by wearing this shirt, you are bound to engage others in a conversation to Keep Wildlife in the Wild — and look good doing it! Only $19.95, including shipping and handling. Purchase one now »
Born Free USA is proud to help reveal new evidence showing that trophy hunting -- especially of species such as lions -- is not economically beneficial. This should suppress any argument that hunting equals conservation. Read the latest economic study and see our short infographic.
Born Free USA's online auction runs June 25 – June 29. We have some great items this year! Artist Camilla d’Errico has donated two of her beautiful signed prints. Check out the deluxe doggie gift basket from Natural Balance pet foods. And discover so much more. Bid on some exciting gifts and help animals too by visiting www.biddingforgood.com/bornfreeusa.
Adrian Cale explores the life and work of our CEO, Will Travers OBE and Born Free, in this 23-minute pilot for a prospective TV series called Wildlife Heroes. Described as "Fascinating and insightful".
Born Free USA's Adam Roberts appeared on "Inside Edition" on May 17 to explain why restaurants should not be serving lion meat. Watch a video of the segment. Lion meat is appearing with increasing frequency on menus across the land. Just this month, lion tacos debuted at Taco Fusion in Tampa, FL. As Born Free USA showed in a 2011 undercover investigation, the lion meat industry is shady and under-regulated, and places both people and animals at risk. Consumers, restaurant owners and policy-makers are all equally responsible for putting a stop to this risky business by refusing to buy or sell lion meat and by pushing for and passing stronger regulations and prohibitions on the possession, slaughter and sale of lions in the United States.
Born Free co-founder Virginia McKenna is featured in the May/June edition of Grand, a digital magazine for grandparents and their families. Virginia is pictured on the cover with three of her grandchildren, including the daughter of Born Free USA Chief Executive Officer Will Travers, Lily. In the article, Virginia says: "I want my grandchildren to grow up to be sensitive to other creatures. Keeping wild creatures in confined spaces with incorrect socializing is very damaging and deeply sad. We don't want our children and grandchildren growing up thinking that's okay."
Beautiful Nala arrived at our Primate Sanctuary last summer as part of a group of 29 hybrid long-tailed and pig-tailed macaques rescued from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage in San Antonio. Now, because Born Free USA supporters made her the top vote-getter in a three-way competition this spring, Nala has become the newest "adoptee" in our Adopt a Primate program! For $52 a year (that's just $1 a week), you can adopt Nala or any of five other monkeys and you will help ensure that they are well-cared for at our spacious sanctuary in south Texas. Gift adoptions are available, too, and they make unique Mother's Day presents. Read more about Nala and please consider joining our adoption program.
Born Free operates a wildlife rescue center in Ethiopia, at Ensessakotteh. There, we received our first new animals of the year on Feb. 1, when we were asked by our partners at the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority (EWCA) to collect four leopard tortoises at an agricultural supply depot. Compared with lions (or nearly any other animal) tortoises are normally easy to rescue, but not this time. The tortoises were all huge! Two were the heaviest we have ever received and, quite possibly, would be world record holders. Read about how they've settled in, and what some of our other rescues there are up to these days.
In conjunction with National Bird Day 2013, late last year we hatched our second annual Free Bird Photo Contest. We were very excited to partner with Outset Media, which provided as first- through fifth-place prizes the board game "What Bird Am I?" The six-week competition was open to all and attracted some 200 entries. The winning photograph of house sparrows was taken by Jenn Fraleigh of Forked River, NJ. She received a bird feeder and organic T-shirt from the Born Free USA online store, a copy of the board game "What Bird Am I?" and other prizes. Check out the contest's complete results by visiting here. And stay tuned to our National Bird Day 2014 homepage for more NBD developments, including the third annual Free Bird Photo Contest in about nine months!
Will Travers, Born Free USA's chief executive officer and president of the Species Survival Network, a coalition of 100 wildlife organizations, gives his closing address to participants of the 16th meeting of the Conference of Parties to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species). Watch Travers' reaction to earlier CITES 2013 developments and find other up-to-the minute tweets, photos, blogs and videos on our "Latest from CITES" webpage; and check out our CITES photo gallery.
Sharks are being slaughtered at a breathtaking clip — and with shocking disregard for their suffering or for the waste of the rest of their bodies — to satisfy a demand for shark fin soup. They're being wiped out so that people can have appetizers. Well, maybe something finally is being done about that on an international level. Today, protective measures for five shark species advanced at the CITES conference in Bangkok, with final action on those measures to be fully resolved by week's end. Watch our Will Travers' reaction to the shark developments and find other up-to-the minute tweets, photos, blogs and videos on our "Latest from CITES" webpage; and check out our CITES photo gallery.
In a blow to polar bears and a maddening display of capitulation to crass commercial interests, an assemblage of nations today declined to provide extra protection — i.e., Appendix I status — for polar bears. Will Travers expresses his disappointment in the vote at the Bangkok meeting of CITES, which soundly rejected a proposal to help an animal who also is greatly imperiled by the impacts of climate change. Watch Travers' reaction and find other up-to-the minute tweets, photos, blogs and videos on our "Latest from CITES" webpage; and check out our CITES photo gallery.
A milestone event that occurs just once every three years, the 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is well under way in Bangkok, Thailand — and Born Free USA is there in force, doing all we can to advance the companion causes of compassionate conservation and keeping wildlife in the wild. Our chief executive officer, Will Travers, already has spoken out many times, including at a wildlife law enforcement awards ceremony March 6. Watch his six-minute presentation by clicking on the accompanying image; find that speech and other up-to-the minute tweets, photos, blogs and videos on our "Latest from CITES" webpage; and check out our CITES photo gallery.
Every three years, representatives from more than 170 countries gather to discuss issues related to the planet's wonderfully diverse animal and plant species. The 16th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES (Convention on International Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora) is under way through March 14 in Bangkok, Thailand. Born Free USA is there and focusing on a number of important issues. Among them are the threats that poaching and the illegal wildlife parts trade pose to elephants, rhinoceroses, tigers and sharks. Find out more on our CITES Key Issues webpage, and stay tuned for tweets, blogs and other updates from Born Free USA's leaders on the scene, Chief Executive Officer Will Travers and Executive Vice President Adam Roberts.
of Virginia's handwritten letter.
The following was written by Virginia McKenna, star of the iconic movie “Born Free” and a co-founder of Born Free.
Being given a second chance in life is rare. But this is the happy fate for more than 600 primates at Born Free USA’s sanctuary. Most of the animals have been rescued from lives of misery and pain and solitude, but now they can make friends, walk on the earth, climb trees and, above all, be cared for with love and compassion.
Time is running out to enter our second annual Free Bird Photo Contest! E-mail a picture you have taken of a bird in the wild by the end of the day on Thursday, Jan. 31 and you will be eligible for the top prize: a bag of goodies from our online store worth more than $100. You'll also receive prominent mention on our website. Find contest rules here. Click here or on the image at right — a photograph of a great gray owl entered last year by Sherrie Duris of Oregon, OH — to see results from our inaugural contest.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared that our joint petition to list the African lion as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. From now until 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, Jan. 28, the FWS is seeking scientific, commercial and other data in support of classifying the lion as endangered. Please consider adding your voice to this most worthy cause! Also, if you have not done so already, check out Born Free USA's lions page and read about our recent year-long, undercover investigation into the lion meat trade.
Today (Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013) is National Bird Day! Please join us in our annual celebration by taking a few moments to check out this year's happenings, including National Bird Day e-cards, the second annual Free Bird Photo Contest, special community events, and new tips on bird care. The best way to honor National Bird Day is to see them in action! Take a walk if it's nice outside or check out the wintry scene through a window and you'll be sure to witness birds of various sizes and colors. Perhaps you will agree with us that they are worthy of celebrating every day of the year.
At Born Free USA, we enter the new year as determined as ever to promote and make happen our core mission: to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. Thank you for your support and for all you do to help animals. Have a happy, compassion-filled new year!
Because of compassionate people such as you, one hundred eight monkeys we rescued this summer have settled into the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Lions are one step closer to gaining protection in the United States under the Endangered Species Act. Five cheetah cubs we rescued in Ethiopia suddenly have a bright future. We have accomplished all that, and so much more, in 2012. As we look ahead to 2013, much vital work remains to be done. Will you please consider giving $13 (tax-deductible) today to make next year a "Lucky 13" for animals? Thank you for your support, and have a very happy new year.
A Statement from Born Free USA
Born Free USA has been following the case of the so-called “Ikea Monkey” named Darwin. This baby Japanese macaque, dressed in a faux-shearling, fitted coat, was found alone in the vastness of an Ikea store parking lot, in Toronto, during the Christmas shopping rush. Folks took photos that subsequently went viral on the Internet, and were featured in news stories around the world. Toronto, like many Canadian cities, has a law against keeping certain species of exotic animals as pets. Darwin’s owner was fined, and she signed little Darwin over to the city, from where he was moved to a primate sanctuary, north of the city.
The year began with our 10th anniversary version of National Bird Day, the most vibrant yet, and is concluding with a flurry of activity that has seen our bid to have the African lion listed as "endangered" under the U.S. Endangered Species Act gaining steam. Find out more about those triumphs, and many of our other biggest accomplishments in 2012, on our 2012 successes webpage! And if you'd like to help us begin 2013 with a full head of steam — and give yourself a bit of a tax break, to boot — please consider making a donation today.
In late November our bid to have the African lion listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act cleared a hurdle. From now through Jan. 28, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting comments (click here to add your two cents) on why the lion should receive this layer a protection — a much-needed development that would mean the United States no longer would be a "consumer" of lions (import them for trophy-room display, restaurant use, etc.) On Dec. 6, 2012, our executive vice president, Adam Roberts, spoke on Canadian TV about this issue. Watch this CTV News segment now!
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has declared that our joint petition to list the African lion as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act may be warranted. From now through late January is a 60-day comment period during which the FWS will seek scientific, commercial and other data in support of classifying the lion as endangered. Please consider adding your voice to this most worthy cause! Also, if you have not done so already, check out Born Free USA's lions page and read about our recent year-long, undercover investigation into the lion meat trade.
Classic Hardware, a vintage-inspired, cutting-edge jewelry and accessories company, is donating a portion of retail sales of its Endangered Creatures Collection to Born Free USA. Classic Hardware is best known for its image-based jewelry and eye-catching vanity cases, and for this collection it collaborated with artists to emphasize the animal conservation message. Classic Hardware's designs have been worn by top celebrities (including Emily Blunt, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Chris Isaak) and featured in popular TV shows. Items range in price from $20 to $61.
Born Free USA and Peace 4 Animals joined Saturday night (Nov. 10) in Hollywood to raise more than $10,000 for tiger conservation in India through the Satpuda Tiger Landscape Programme, one of our global field projects. About 150 people attended the event, hosted by Alison Eastwood. Check out pictures of Eastwood (shown here, on the right, with Katie Cleary) and other celebrities who were there, and also enjoy video interviews of some of the attendees. And if you would like to help tiger conservation efforts through the Satpuda project, please consider making a donation.
The Oscar-winning song "Born Free" has been re-recorded by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May and West End and Broadway singer Kerry Ellis. (Watch a video of the song now!) Their interpretation of the classic song is being sold in aid the Born Free Foundation and also supports Born Free USA's submission of a formal petition to the U.S. Department of the Interior to list the African lion as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. Find out more about that ongoing effort on our lions page.
Our Grinch never stole Christmas! And you can help him have a merrier one by "adopting" (for $52 a year, the equivalent of $1 a week!) the male bonnet macaque. He's one of five monkeys up for adoption at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas. By participating in the adoption program, you will receive a photograph of your monkey along with some other goodies.
Grinch came to us from a university laboratory in the summer of 2006 after being "retired." Born in 1997, Grinch is in the prime of his life. Read more about him today!
Searching for the perfect holiday gift for a fellow bird lover? Or how about something for the cat or dog lover in your life? For that matter, how about something for you? Owls and Friends offers our supporters a wonderful selection of animal-themed products, from jewelry and apparel to whimsical household items, publications and more. And here's some really exciting news: For the entire month of October, Owls and Friends is donating 20 percent of all company sales to Born Free USA. As always, there's free shipping on orders above $25. Check out Owls and Friends' website today, and make sure you place your order before Nov. 1.
It is hard to believe that it has been one year since the tragedy near Zanesville, Ohio when Terry Thompson released more than fifty animals from his private zoo and then took his own life. Lions, bears, primates roamed the streets aimlessly, literally lost, before being shot by authorities, ill-equipped to handle such an insane situation. Since then, Ohio has strengthened its legislation but other states lag woefully behind. Still other exotic animal exhibitors perform with tigers or let patrons swim with them. Born Free USA is working tirelessly to ensure that we Keep Wildlife in the Wild!
Who says there's nothing good on television? Not us — especially now that we've heard the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary will be featured on the nationally syndicated program "Wild About Animals," hosted by Mariette Hartley. Because the show airs across the country at various times in each market, you'll have to check the listings to see when it airs in your area. (It's scheduled to air Saturday morning — Oct. 5 — on local TV stations in San Antonio and New York City, for example. Repeats of the episode are likely in the coming months.) "Wild About Animals," according to its press release, "travels the globe to bring viewers fascinating stories about wildlife and is known to offer the best in family-friendly, entertaining and educational programming. While the target audience is teenagers, the show provides quality viewing for all family members."
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About four years ago, baseball pitching legend and Texas Rangers co-owner Nolan Ryan spoke with reporters about having once been an "ambassador" for the snow monkeys who were living in what is now the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. While everything at the sanctuary has changed for the better since Ryan's visit, his dry recitation of what happened back in the 1990s became a viral hit online, attracting so much attention that the Rangers' July 1 home game this season was declared "Nolan Ryan Snow Monkey Day" at the ballpark. Last week, as the regular season wound down, Born Free USA's executive vice president, Adam Roberts, flew out to the Rangers' ballpark to accept a $5,000 donation from Ryan himself — a most-welcome gift to our Primate Sanctuary, which has just completed its largest rescue ever. Thank you, Texas Rangers, and go get 'em in the playoffs!
of new arrival Kaleb the baboon!
We are thrilled to report that all 107 macaques and one baboon rescued from the Wild Animal Orphanage have arrived safely at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary! This rescue, by far our largest ever, has been in the works for a long time. Following many months of negotiations and planning, early this year we began building enclosures and recreation structures for what we call The WAO Group. We began accepting the monkeys, transported in stages by air-conditioned truck from nearby San Antonio, in late July. The last delivery was yesterday.
We've received word that the Senate could vote on the reprehensible "Sportsmen's Act of 2012" (S. 3525) this week. The bill absurdly grants trophy hunters the right to import the mounted heads and other pieces of polar bears they shot dead in the Arctic North. In April, we urged you to voice opposition to similar legislation in the House of Representatives. Today we implore you to do the same with S. 3525. We must do all we can to defeat this bill, which sets a dangerous precedent regarding the trophy hunting of imperiled species. Please write to your two U.S. senators today.
California's Senate Bill 1480, the Consumer and Wildlife Protection Act and a bill we helped initiate, has passed all hurdles in the state Senate and Assembly and now goes to Gov. Jerry Brown for his signature. If you live in California, please help make this bill become law by writing to Brown, who has until Sept. 30 to take action. For those of you interested in learning out more about this important animal protection issue, check out a three-minute video we prepared in support of SB 1480. (Please note the video contains images of trapped animals, so it might not be suitable viewing for everyone.)
This spring, for the fourth year in a row, dozens of compassionate clothes designers from throughout the globe entered our Fur Free Fashion Competition, otherwise known as fffashion. This summer, our panel of celebrity judges (including Melissa Rivers, Kelly and Sharon Osbourne, and Victoria Principal) pored over the Top 10 and concluded that the winners are Fifile Nguyen and Michelle French of Austin, TX. They created "The Miller Dress," a black-and-white swing dress with elaborate sleeve pleating, a deep neckline and no closures. The victory comes with a $750 cash prize.
Born Free USA's chief executive officer, Will Travers, went on CNN International to debate with a zoo representative about the appropriateness of having wild animals held in captivity. Some people, including Will's debate opponent, Andrew Marshall of York University, claim zoos are educational and promote conservation of species. Will spoke for the rest of us in maintaining that most zoos represent a crass exploitation of animals, and abuse of them, for entertainment and profit. Watch the debate and see what you think. Be sure to keep with it until the end, when Marshall makes a statement that prompted Will, who was not allowed time to respond on the air, to write a blog.
Another week brought another delivery of monkeys to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage in nearby San Antonio. Two deliveries, in fact, of 29 hybrid macaques. Watch an immensely entertaining three-minute video of their homecoming with fun-filled footage of their settling in! Now nearly 50 of the more than 100 WAO macaques (and one baboon) for whom we proudly are assuming lifetime care have arrived safely at our sanctuary. Stay up-to-the-minute on our Facebook page, see more photographs of this and our other rescues, and find out more about The WAO Group in our rescues section.
Our biggest rescue, which began on July 25, resumed on Aug. 1 with the smooth delivery of nine more stump-tailed macaques. This summer, our Primate Sanctuary in south Texas is welcoming more than 100 monkeys (and one baboon) from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage in nearby San Antonio. Watch a 10-minute video that shows what happened on that first day: The 10 stump-tailed macaques being placed carefully on the air-conditioned delivery truck, then their arrival at our sanctuary, which was highlighted by the new residents having their first meal of bananas and other goodies. In the coming days, please stay tuned to our sanctuary website and Facebook page for more updates!
Some exciting news from our Primate Sanctuary in south Texas! The first move of 10 stump-tailed macaques (out of the 107 we will welcome to our sanctuary in the coming weeks from the bankrupt Wild Animal Orphanage) went like clockwork and everyone came through in great shape. The WAO team did an excellent job and we're looking forward to releasing the monkeys out into a larger enclosure within the next several days. Here's a picture of one of the males checking out his new surroundings. Check our sanctuary's Facebook page and photo and video galleries in the coming days as we bring you more updates. Meanwhile, please consider supporting this and our other rescues.
The fourth annual CLASSY Awards, which honor philanthropic organizations, pits Born Free USA against four other finalists in the Animal Advocacy and Services category. Please help us triumph over our competitors for the top honor, which will be announced Sept. 22 in San Diego. Cast your vote for us (you'll need to scroll down a bit to reach our category, and you need not vote in any other category) by the end of the day Wednesday, July 25 — and be sure to ask your friends and family to do the same!