Fifty years ago, Joy Adamson wrote “Born Free.” The best-selling book, which recounts how she and her husband were surrogate parents to a lion cub in Africa, in 1966 was made into an award-winning film of the same name. This Sunday evening, PBS looks back at the book, the movie and how they changed the way people think about conservation and lions with “Elsa's Legacy: The Born Free Story.” It touches on the compassion-to-all-creatures philosophy that drives our mission here at Born Free USA. After watching the documentary, share your thoughts with us — in 150 words or fewer — about how the book or movie impacted the way you think about wild animals and you could win an autographed copy of Virginia McKenna’s autobiography “The Life in My Years.” (Please include your hometown in your e-mail.) We'll publish some of our favorite responses in this space.
You have compassion. You acted. You gave. You and Born Free USA made life better for thousands of animals worldwide in 2010, and we’re not about to stop now. As you gear up for another year of helping animals — to give monkeys, elephants, bears, dolphins, coyotes, parrots, rhinoceroses, tigers, frogs and all other creatures the respect, protection and freedom they need to thrive — take a few minutes to read about our accomplishments in 2010. Our chief executive officer, Will Travers, will even tell you about them. Let’s build on those victories, and for the animals’ sake turn 2010 into 20!! !
We’re sensitive to your needs. Born Free USA is conducting a survey of our members and supporters, and we want your feedback! We would like to know more about you, your opinions about our website, our Action Alerts and other communications with you, Born Free USA Membership and Membership packages, and the animal protection campaigns you care most about. Before Jan. 15, please take about 15 minutes to fill out the online survey. You might win one of three Born Free USA gift baskets valued at more than $100 each!
What a season-setter, our Grinch! He's one of six primates in our “Adopt a Primate” program, and with your $52 annual donation you can bring a lot of holiday cheer to Grinch and the hundreds of other rescued monkeys we care for at our Texas sanctuary. Adopt Grinch before year’s end and you will receive his photograph in a holiday ornament frame. As Dr. Jane Goodall says: "Caring for each primate that has been rescued — often from a life of misery — is very important. It is also costly. Born Free desperately needs support in order to provide these primates with the kind of lives they need — and deserve!"
Four of us here at Born Free USA are running our tails off training for the California International Marathon this coming Sunday (Dec. 5). We have made this commitment to raise awareness and funds to support little Mig and others at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. Our goal is to raise $2,500 — the cost of feeding the 500-plus monkeys for just one week! Will you help us run for the monkeys?
Dr. Jane Goodall, perhaps the most famous, recognizable and influential name in primate protection, recently sent a personal note to Born Free USA Chief Executive Officer Will Travers and our friends and supporters about our work in Dilley, Texas, caring for 500 primates in need at the Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary. “Caring for each primate that has been rescued — often from a life of misery — is very important,” said Goodall. “It is also costly. Born Free desperately needs support in order to provide these primates with the kind of lives they need — and deserve.”
Thanks to our thousands of supporters in Canada and the United States, Born Free USA has won $12,000 from the Body Shop Foundation! Last month in each country, we finished second in an online and in-store popularity contest that pitted us against two other nonprofit organizations. We received 13,743 votes in Canada and 44,265 votes in the United States. Our winnings, as do all our funds, will go toward our campaigns, advocacy and other efforts to Keep Wildlife in the Wild®. Thank you, Body Shop, and thank you, supporters!
Find out how your state rates in terms of trapping regulations by checking out Born Free USA’s unprecedented State Trapping Report Card, which assigns an academic letter grade to each state based on how its trapping regulations impact animal welfare, wildlife conservation and public safety. “We were actually generous in our grading system,” says Senior Program Associate Monica Engebretson. "Many states would receive an even lower grade if we took into account accurate monitoring of wildlife populations.”