The Born Free Foundation have today announced the exciting news that it is growing bigger – and better – and it’s all for the animals. In an historic merger, they’re joining forces with the well-known UK wildlife charity, Care for the Wild.
This exciting new alliance unites two of the leading names in wildlife protection, and together they are forging a powerful union dedicated to compassionate conservation and wild animal welfare. Born Free and Care for the Wild have been friends since the beginning. They each started in 1984 and have, for three decades, focussed on rescuing, protecting and defending wild animals in need. Now Care for the Wild is becoming part of Born Free. They have incorporated their staff and projects to help wild elephants, tigers, rhinos and other species into the Born Free family, while maintaining their unfailing commitment to existing projects.
Born Free Founder Virginia McKenna OBE is delighted by the news. “Born Free has been a close
companion of Care for the Wild since both our charities began. Back in 1984 their Founder, Dr Bill Jordan OBE, was a good friend of my husband Bill Travers and myself. In his capacity as a wildlife vet and animal welfare expert he was one of our key advisors and mentors in those early days. Over the years our two charities have frequently worked together on a wide range of projects to help wild animals. Now I’m sure that, like me, you will wish to extend the warmest of welcomes to all Care for the Wild’s supporters and staff. How wonderful to have them as part of our outstanding team. I hope they will soon feel part of the Born Free family.”
There are strong parallels between these two great organisations, which have evolved along similar paths, with a like-minded and shared vision of a kinder world. The combined entity, operating under the Born Free Foundation name, will be able to more effectively tackle a host of animal protection and wildlife conservation issues of critical concern to the British people. This will include protection for badgers, hares and other native wild animals, as well as endangered species the world over.