Born Free USA

Rating: 4.58 stars   24 reviews


P O Box 22505 Sacramento CA 95822 USA


Mission is to end the suffering of wild animals in captivity, rescue individual animals in need, protect wildlife — including highly endangered species — in their natural habitats, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. .

Geographic areas served:

National and International


Advocacy for animalscontributed to the protection of elephants, lions, dolphins, gorillas, and other imperiled species both in the wild and in rescue and rehabilitation centers in their countries of origin. Promoted the international protection of lions and the listing of the african lion under the us endangered species act, and similarly advocated for lion protection at meeting on the convention of migratory species. Continued campaign to protect furbearing animals from the cruelty of fur farms and wildlife trapping. Coordinated nationwide fur donation drive to promote awareness of anti-fur campaign; sent donated fur to wildlife rehabilitation centers for baby and orphaned animals. Worked with states to combat wolf trapping bills and used litigation to restore protection for wolves in the great lakes region under the endangered species act. Engaged fully in the meeting of the animals committee of the convention on international trade in endangered species of wild fauna and flora (cites). Campaigned on conservation of threatened and endangered species and the protection of elephants from the ivory trade, bears from the gallbladder trade, and rhinos from the horn trade. Published two reports on the international trade in elephant ivory, one looking at poaching of elephants in africa and the other movement of ivory from africa to asia. Worked on legislation across the country to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn at the state level. Gave speeches at three march for elephants events across the country.

born free usa primate sanctuaryborn free usa continues to rescue, rehabilitate, and retire hundreds of primates at our accredited texas primate sanctuary. We continue to take in new animals in need, who otherwise would face a life of captive misery or premature death, and give them a home in as naturalistic conditions as we can provide.

public educationborn free usa continued efforts to educate the public on the dangers of keeping exotic animals as pets. Used social and popular media and educational outreach materials including an interactive database of deadly and dangerous captive wild animal incidents to help shed light on the magnitude of the issue. In addition, born free usa worked to educate the public about the need to protect live animals from commercialization in pet stores. Held public presentations on wildlife trade and animal rescues in numerous states. Held a press conference with members of congress and chimpanzee attack victim, charla nash, to promote the captive primate safety act. Held national event to call attention to the plight of wild birds and the needs of birds in captivity.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I cant say enough good things about Born Free USA. While most of my experience with the organization has been through the primate sanctuary, I am amazed and often brought to tears by the animal rights issues that they fight for every single day. Their dedication to protecting wildlife is unmatched by anyone I've ever dealt with.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them the financial resources needed to guarantee the well-being of their huge collection of monkeys.

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After contacting several primate sanctuaries throughout the country in an attempt to find Khy, my Japanese snow monkey, a new home, nearly every sanctuary recommended Born Free.

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Born Free was able to provide a suitable home for Khy, my Japanese snow monkey, when I realized that I was not equipped to care for him. It was extremely difficult for me to give him up, but knowing that he was in great hands and that I could receive pictures and updates at any time made the decision much, much easier. Tim Ajax and the rest of the team at the Born Free Primate Sanctuary are heroes to primates (both human and non-human) everywhere.

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