What a pleasure it was to meet with @wmltravers OBE in London last week - cofounder and president of the @bornfreefoundation. Born Free is one of the most well-known conservation charities in the world, and was originally created in 1984 with the aim of keeping wild animals wild - with much of their early work focussed on returning mistreated captive animals to large sanctuaries where they could live out their days in peace (I was even fortunate enough to volunteer with one of their rescued lions, Bella, at the wonderful @lilongwewildlife Center in Malawi). Today, their work includes a multitude of conservation projects around the world - from working with the animals directly and supporting the teams who care for them, to funding projects that tackle the huge and growing problem of human-wildlife conflict in Africa, combating illegal wildlife trade both overseas and here in the UK, lobbying to governments to take action, and engaging in community education.
It was wonderful to discuss ideas about the future of conservation with someone who has led such an exciting career and personal life, with Will spending much of his youth in Africa while his parents filmed the true story “Born Free” about Elsa the lion. Years later, Will’s parents were also involved in returning Christian the Lion to Africa in a story that captivated so many around the world.
I am constantly inspired by all the people working to do good in the world, and remain optimistic and excited about the future of conservation!