THE BORN FREE FOUNDATION
PROUD TO BE SUPPORTING
WHO ARE BORN FREE?
Born Free was founded by Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, who starred in the movie classic, Born Free (1966), together with their eldest son, Will. Born Free’s mission is to ensure that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect and are able to live their lives according to their needs. Born Free opposes the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaigns to keep wildlife in the wild.
Born Free promotes Compassionate Conservation which strives to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs of and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals. Born Free seeks to have a positive impact on animals in the wild and protect their ecosystems in perpetuity, for their own intrinsic value and for the critical roles they play within the natural world.
WHY BORN FREE?
1994: The Lion King is released. I was also born. Coincidence? Yes completely! However, The Lion King films were all I cared about for all of my childhood. Enter the film ‘Born Free’. Made in the 60’s, this film tells the story of Joy and George Adamson and their mission to set their orphaned cub Elsa, who is the star of the Born Free Logo, free. This film was watched over and over again, along with the sequel, ‘Living Free’.
At around 4/5years of age, it was becoming apparent that I had a fixation, lions were everywhere. I even at one point wanted to be a lion.
Born Free are dedicated to keeping wildlife in the wild and it seems only natural, that as wildlife photographer, I raise funds for an organisation that is devoted and compassionate about the world’s wildlife.
You may have seen their high profile campaigns targeting issues such as canned hunting, the wildlife trade and endless conservation work but if you would like to find out more about this incredible foundation you can do so by visiting their website or social media which I will leave below.
HOW I AM GOING TO HELP
From my small village in the North West of England, I will be producing a range of prints and cards with every penny of profits going to Born Free.
As a wildlife photographer and enthusiast, being able to use my work to benefit the animals is what makes it worth it. By donating to Born Free, I am going full circle with childhood obsession of all things Africa and contributing to being able to save some of our vulnerable species.
This will be a lifelong project, and hopefully one day I will be able to travel and see and photograph my first love: Lions.
As I am unable to travel to Africa at the moment, the first collection of photos will be British Wildlife and I am very excited to get this project going!
While my focus may be primarily on Lions and big cats, Born Free works to save many other animals and each one is as important as the next. Please do have a look at their website and find out how you can make a difference.