The elephant poaching crisis rages on—and African elephants are unlikely to sustain this rate of slaughter. Today, it is estimated that there are between 434,000 and 684,000 African elephants, although the real figure may be lower. In the case of the Asian elephant, the situation is much worse, with approximately 30,000 remaining. (Again, this is an estimate, and the true figure could be significantly lower.) On August 27, Born Free USA and data analysts at C4ADS released a new groundbreaking report, Out of Africa: Mapping the Global Trade in Illicit Elephant Ivory, which focuses on the ivory supply chain and the trafficking of ivory from the bush in Africa to retail markets in Asia. If we can close down the transit routes that bring ivory to East Asian markets, we can save the elephants. Born Free USA will utilize this cutting-edge report to ensure the protection of African elephants for generations to come.
This summer, keep cool with a Born Free USA eco-hat: our highlighted item for the month of August! Our sporty baseball-style cap is great for men or women, and features our Born Free USA embroidered logo. Made with 55% recycled polyester, the hat provides UV protection and moisture-wicking to beat the heat—and the Velcro closure ensures that one size fits all. Show your compassion for wildlife by wearing it proudly. Click here to order today!
Join Born Free USA by wearing your own powerful fashion statement, declaring that we will not forget the face of the animals who suffer for our society's vanity. This limited edition heather grey tank top was designed and printed in New York City by vegan fashion line, Vaute Couture.
Born Free USA is happy to partner with our friends at Wise Owl Tales! During the month of July, Wise Owl Tales will donate 35% of the total sales from their website to Born Free USA. This thoughtful children’s book series features different animal species, compassionate messages, and wonderful illustrations to educate kids about the importance of species conservation. There are fun activity cards and cool wrist bands that are designed to be used with each book to engage children in learning about species conservation. Browse this fantastic selection of children’s books and accessories by visiting www.wiseowltales.com.
Bid on incredible items while helping wildlife... It's a win-win! Born Free USA's Keep Wildlife in the Wild online auction is open from Monday, June 23 - Monday, June 30. All proceeds from the online auction will benefit Born Free USA's life-saving work to protect wild animals. Bid on guitars signed by classic rock legends like Foreigner, Survivor, Kansas, and Don Felder of the Eagles; two special paintings made by the primates at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary in Texas; the eco-friendly Catpod for your favorite feline; and much, much more. Happy bidding!
While monetary gifts to the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary are vital to our caring for the primates, donations of items found on the Sanctuary Wish List are a welcome addition. These items—including toys for enrichment and objects to help us keep the sanctuary in good running order—will ensure a safe, comfortable environment for the primates. The monkeys particularly love these shade sails, which they use for shade, as hammocks, and even as trampolines! (Watch them in action in this entertaining video!) We need to replace many of our damaged shade sails in time for the summer heat, so please consider helping us fulfill this goal.
If you’re looking for meaningful summer reading, we highly recommend the book The Life in My Years by Born Free founder Virginia McKenna. This poignant autobiography of McKenna’s life details her love of wildlife, her acting career, her compassionate activism, poetry, and touching family stories. It's not just about the years in her life—but the life in her years. Enjoy a good read, share a lifelong journey, and hear an inspiring voice for animals!
Several populations of African lions face imminent danger of extinction due to trophy hunting, loss of habitat and prey species, commercial trade, retaliatory killings, and other human-caused factors. Want to help spread the message that lions are endangered? Born Free USA has teamed up once again with FLOAT Apparel to launch the “Endangered” campaign with limited-edition t-shirts! For each shirt sold, FLOAT will donate $8 to Born Free USA. Act now; they're only available until Monday, May 26 at 12:00pm EDT!