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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: 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

Programs: 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.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

Perhaps a couple of years ago, I don't know how, I was introducted to Born Free USA as yet 'another' Save the Wildlife organization. I immediately learned they are not just 'another.' Born Free I consider my penpals to the world of help to those who cannot help themselves, as they say. They've filled my life with hope for the future of so many animals not yet protected, or should be. I read stories of meetings they've attended with woldwide organizations to form bonds to eliminate (or try) poaching, for example, a greed-oriented "disease," which with some help from many organizations, may diminish instead of diminish the number of animals they leave alive. So far I've only donated. I've been a proud sponsor to many of the Primates at their Sanctuary in Texas. I've donated "in-kind" articles to 'help' the Primates through the cold and heat of the seasons. I've actually felt a part of Born Free's dream. Their letters thanking me are to me personally as if I've been a friend for years. I receive gorgeous photos of my friends who I've sponsored at the Primate Sanctuary. I've learned how much more I need to learn about saving wildlife, how much more can be taught throughout the world about how they can save wildlife and yet live, sometimes in a closely knit area due to the encroachment of the environment on property that USED to belong for animals in which to live ONLY. Born Free is a pathway to the world of life, love of life, and the preservation of life. Their Chief Executive Officer, Will Travers, is not too time-consumed to answer silly questions of mine about possibly volunteering at their Primate Sanctuary in Texas! I have, I feel, a personal relationship with a few of the girls who work in the office in Sacramento. I'm thrilled, proud and want to volunteer when my schedule permits - soon! Just as soon as they need me! I write letters, suggested by Born Free, to the legislature supporting causes I believe in but did not know were at issue in the government. I cannot highly enough recommend this organization to any and or all of my friends! Donations are the 'easiest' for me right now, and perhaps with the economics being as it is, maybe that's not such a small thing after all. I hope not. I love every employee of Born Free, their volunteers, members, donators and, of course - Will. I thank him for allowing the organization to continue and be such a continuing and I believe even more powerful force in the struggle for the quality of lives of our wildlife - and the people who live in and around them.

Sharon R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I first joined this animal group when they were known as Animal Protection Institute in 1979. I've had nothing but good experiances with them. When they became Born Free USA they just got better. The CEO Will Travers I had the privalage to meet him twice. He is a very nice person who u feel very comfortable with. You can tell by talking to him that he genuinely loves animals!! Also the staff at Born Free is wonderful. I have had communication with Lorry Marvin who is friendly very informative and very pleasant to talk with. She has made me feel that what I donate monthly is so helpful even though it's not a huge amount you still feel that you are really making a difference!!! I have nothing but good things to say about this organization. It's nice that it is local also.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Our household budget for charitable giving includes animal welfare and legal defense organizations. Born Free USA is one of our targeted animal welfare groups because we are confident that our donation we will be spent wisely. In 2011 we donated Home Depot and Pet Smart prepaid gift cards to the Born Free Primate Center located in Texas. The cards that were used to help build the new facilities that were needed to accommodate the sudden influx of 113 new primates. These primates are the byproducts of research and unwanted pets. Frankly we cannot think of a better animal welfare organization to support than Born Free USA. We encourage you to take all that they do, their work also includes promoting and lobbying for animal anti cruelty legislation.

Stephanie2345

Donor

Rating: 5

I love this group! Watching the movie Born Free is one of my earliest memories of seeing people devoted to protecting animals. I am so proud to support Born Free USA as they carry on the legacy of that movie. Protecting wild animals - whether they are here in the US or around the globe - is so critical. I love that Born Free USA helps animals in so many ways - from strenfthening laws to investigations to providing sanctuary to wild species in need. They give me easy ways to help, and to keep up to date on the latest issues affecting wild animals.

PJFitz

Donor

Rating: 5

Born Free USA is a reIatively small organization but they are a powerhouse when it comes to wildlife protection.

One of the aspects of this organization I have been most impressed with, is their willingess to reach out to the grassroots level. A couple years back, my husband was working on incorporating avian welfare in a state bill, and staff from Born Free went out of their way to work with him. This is how the animals benefit, by our working together.

The following are just several of their other accomplishments.

They manage an assortment of campaigns, including Pet Shops Exposed, Animals in Entertainment, Trapping and Fur Trade, International Wildlife Trade, as well as specific projects like Parrots in Cameroon and Dolphins in Turkey.

They have gotten critical undercover footage of animal cruelty, which heightens public awareness.

They host a Fur Free Fashion show with the intention of promoting humane designs.

With all this, they still manage to run a sanctuary for previously abused and neglected primates, over 500 of them!

I am grateful to Born Free for their dedication and work to keeping wildlife where they belong - in the wild.


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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a natural resources attorney based in Sacramento, do a significant amount of work in the area of state and federal endangered species law, and have been privileged to meet many of Born Free's leaders and staff. Add to that, I'm the father of a primate researcher who has personally visited one of Born Free's projects in Africa. Born Free's vision is global, but practical, and is as important to people here in the U.S. as it is to villagers in rural Africa and Asia. We 21st Century humans are blessed to still have so many wild animals and wild places in the world, but how do we protect them while still meeting the needs of a growing and troubled human population? Born Free is engaged in real, workable answers, sometimes at significant personal danger to its people around the world. There's no fat in Born Free's budget, and from CEO Will Travers of Great Britain (son of British "Born Free" actors Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna, whose lives, and the lives of untold wild and captive animals, were changed by their experiences in Africa while filming that movie in the 1960s) down to the folks who answer the phones here in Sacramento, this is one loyal and dedicated group.