Born Free's Amboseli National Park, Kenya


      Since May 2020 we have added a new Elephant sanctuary to our donations - partnering up with the highly respected Born Free Charity, we are delighted to annouce are latest sponsorship project - the Amboseli National Park, Kenya.

      LOCATION: Kenya

      GOAL: To study the social organisation, behaviour, demography and social dynamics of savannah elephants, as well as cognition, communication, genetics and human-elephant interactions

      ACTIONS: Field research and monitoring, spatial analysis, and mapping. The research project also attracts tourists to the Amboseli ecosystem.

      The Amboseli Elephant Research Project is the longest running study of wild African elephants anywhere in Africa.  Research from the project has provided valuable insights into the behaviour and intelligence of African elephants that can inform the conservation of this species. 

      Kenya’s Amboseli National Park, located in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, is home to one of the most famous families of elephants in the world – the EB elephants. 

      Cynthia Moss began research on the EBs and other elephants in Amboseli in 1973.

      Born Free's Mission and Purpose

      Born Free work tirelessly 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. 

      As a leading wildlife charity, they oppose the exploitation of wild animals in captivity and campaign to keep them where they belong - in the wild. 

      They promote Compassionate Conservation to enhance the survival of threatened species in the wild and protect natural habitats while respecting the needs and safeguarding the welfare of individual animals. 

      Born Free seek 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.


      Born Free's History

      In 1966, Virginia McKenna OBE and Bill Travers MBE starred in the classic wildlife film Born Free. The film told the true story of conservationists Joy and George Adamson who rescued a lioness cub called Elsa and successfully returned her to the wild.

      Virginia and Bill went on to make a number of wildlife films together, including in 1969 An Elephant Called Slowly with an elephant calf called Pole Pole. When filming was over, Pole Pole was gifted to London Zoo by the Kenyan government.

      Virginia and Bill did everything they could to prevent this, but Pole Pole was sent to London. In 1982, Virginia and Bill went to visit Pole Pole at the zoo. Pole Pole, in clear distress, remembered Virginia and Bill and stretched out her trunk to reach them.

      Virginia and Bill launched a campaign to give Pole Pole a better life but in 1983, aged 16, Pole Pole died. Determined that her death would not be in vain, in 1984, Virginia, Bill and their eldest son Will launched Zoo Check – the charity that has evolved into Born Free. Today, Will Travers OBE is Born Free's President.


      Born Free's Nine Working Priorities