Born Free USA Blog
Earlier this month I was deeply saddened — as were thousands of others — to hear of the passing of Echo the elephant. For those of you who may not know of her, Echo was the matriarch of a large herd of elephants in Kenya’s Amboseli National Park. Echo was also perhaps the most famous elephant on the planet — for both her unwitting contributions to science and her superstar status on the small screen.
You know what really gets to me? Hearing someone proclaim, “But it’s my right!” in response to a situation that is, at best, highly questionable or controversial, such as keeping dangerous exotic animals like lions, tigers, bears, and primates as “pets.” In many states it’s not illegal. In fact, it’s downright easy — just a mouse-click away.
CBS Evening News recently aired a good segment about the challenges captive parrots (and those who care for them) face. Captive parrots represent the largest population of captive wildlife and like all wild animals they belong in the wild.
I finished the Shiprock Marathon in New Mexico! It was cold (high 40s to low 50s), drizzly and occasionally full-on rainy, and there was a strong (and cold) headwind for much of the course. The hills (up and down) were exactly as expected, since I had prepared well using the course elevation chart.
Born Free USA Monkey Business parties are now underway. At last we have the opportunity to invite our supporters to party for the animals!
When I was a little girl, I wanted to be one of three things: a farmer, a veterinarian, or an African anti-poaching agent (or an African anti-poaching agent with a veterinary license who farms). I would watch nature shows on the African savannah and fantasize about being there.
As a part of ongoing Earth Day celebrations and activities, Born Free USA staffed a table at the Sacramento Earth Day Festival Sunday, April 26. The weather was gorgeous and we thoroughly enjoyed talking to people of all ages about our campaigns and activities. Children loved hearing about our Born Free USA Primate Sanctuary and how we care for more than 500 monkeys living there. Many individuals thanked us for our efforts against Ringling Bros. and asked thoughtful questions about everything from birds and turtles to aquariums and zoos.
Last Friday night I stepped out of my comfort zone of being a “behind-the-scenes” supporter of creative, progressive, environmentally-focused goings-on, putting myself on display as a model in a fantastic runway fashion event called “Haute Trash Fashion.” This incredible fashion show displayed amazing designs by artists from around the world, all made entirely of ... trash. All I can say is, they were all gorgeous and I was simply astounded by how useful (and strangely enough, comfortable!) what we consider to be “trash” can actually be.