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Born Free, is an animal charity that’s passionate about wild animal welfare and Compassionate Conservation. Founded by Virginia McKenna OBE, Will Travers OBE and Bill Travers MBE in 1984, they work tirelessly to stop the exploitation and suffering of individual animals living in captivity or in the wild. From the start, they have campaigned for a future where animals and people can co-exist and where threatened and endangered species are protected for generations to come. Working 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. They 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. They have been involved in the rescue and rehabilitation of countless individual wild animals, saving them from a life of suffering in often appalling captive conditions. Working across the world to stop captive animal suffering, challenge the captive animal industry, call for better legislation and protection, and phase out zoos. They lobby decision makers to ensure the best possible outcome for wildlife, including the illegal trade in wildlife, trophy hunting, canned hunting, and much more. Working in the UK, Kenya, Ethiopia and South Africa, their educational activities inspire people, young and old, to respect wildlife and the natural world. They are committed to reducing our impact on the environment and our contribution to global warming, while empowering local communities to meet their own needs. A bit of 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 named 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 (pronounced Poly Poly). 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 Executive President, and Virginia McKenna OBE is a Trustee.

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Paignton Zoo is not just one of the UK's top zoos and a great day out; we are also a conservation and education charity and part of a group of zoos and charities called Wild Planet Trust. Paignton Zoo is owned by Wild Planet Trust (formerly the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust) and this umbrella charity also owns Newquay Zoo in Cornwall, Primley Park and Clennon Gorge in Paignton, and Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve. Wild Planet Trust is active in conservation both at home and abroad, often working alongside partner organisations to conserve species and their habitats. Paignton Zoo Environmental Park developed from the private menagerie of eccentric millionaire Herbert Whitley to become one of the country’s top zoos. The Zoo opened to the public in 1923 - its remits of conservation, scientific research and education are rooted in these early years. Herbert strongly believed that the Zoo should be a place of learning, not just recreation. On his death in 1955, a Trust was formed that became the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust. Paignton Zoo was in at the beginning of the modern zoo movement. Philip Michelmore - Whitley’s friend and successor - was instrumental in founding the Zoo Federation (now the British & Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), the body that represents top zoos in this country. Similar organisations formed at European and global levels, and this helped pave the way for co-operation between zoos around the world.

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Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and education charity, which runs and operates Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project. We save wildlife together, through conservation science research, working to protect species and habitats overseas, encouraging sustainable behaviours and perceptions, educating tomorrow’s wildlife warriors and giving families a great day out. Our conservation science efforts are worldwide, from helping re-introduce white clawed crayfish into UK rivers to working with communities in the Philippines to save the Critically Endangered Negros bleeding heart dove. Bristol Zoo Gardens - one of our attractions - is the fifth-oldest zoo in the world and first opened its doors to the public on Monday 11 July 1836. Since then, it has started numerous conservation projects here in the UK and overseas, showed generations of school-aged children the value of nature for human society and has given more than 90 million visitors a great day out. Our Zoo was founded on 22nd July 1835, by Henry Riley, a local physician, who led the formation of the Bristol, Clifton and West of England Zoological Society. Riley, and a number of other prominent local individuals, gathered with the mission to facilitate ‘the observation of habits, form and structure of the animal kingdom, as well as affording rational amusement and recreation to the visitors of the neighbourhood’. Shareholders at the time included several famous Bristolians, including Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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We are the most visited zoo in the UK AND a conservation and education charity committed to PREVENTING EXTINCTION. We are the NORTH OF ENGLAND ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY, managed by a Board of Trustees. The North of England Zoological Society (NEZS) is the organisation that runs Chester Zoo and our conservation campaign, Act For Wildlife. That’s a long name, so we usually just say NEZS. It was formed by the zoo’s founder, George Mottershead, in 1934. We’re a registered charity and we’re passionate about what we do. Our mission is preventing extinction. We work hard to make sure our visitors have an AMAZING day out, as well as leading the way to protecting endangered wildlife around the world. We couldn’t do it without your help! There are over 1000 people hard at work here keeping this wonderful complicated place going. Caring for our animals, running conservation projects and giving our guests an inspirational day out!

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See conservation in action at Howletts Visit Howletts, Kent's original wildlife park, it's a unique adventure like no other! As a dedicated animal conservation charity, your visit directly helps us to protect wildlife here in the UK which, in turn, enables us to send animals back to the wild in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation. Our commitment to conservation, through captive breeding, education and reintroduction into the wild, allows us to gain a greater understanding of some of the world’s most fragile environments and the endangered animals that live there. Explore a 90-acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland that is ideal for great days out in Kent with the entire family. No gimmicks, no nonsense, Howletts Wild Animal Park is committed to one thing, the conservation, breeding and reintroduction of rare and endangered animals. Over 30 years later, our mission remains the same! Join in our free animal talks, watch our animals being fed and visit our education centre, all included free with your entry ticket. Why not pay us a visit and see why we keep winning a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence year after year? Your ticket will help to fund not only the care of the animals here at Howletts Wild Animal Park, but will also support our overseas projects. Thanks to the generosity of visitors like you, we - in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation (charity number 326567) - have released more than 70 gorillas back to the wild and our released gorillas have had over 35 wild births! In Indonesia, we have released 33 Javan gibbons, 12 Javan grizzled langurs and 90 Javan ebony langurs. The Indonesian primates have over 30 wild births. We have also transferred 8 black rhinos from our Kent parks to Africa, who have produced 25 offspring between them.

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Marwell was founded by John Knowles in 1972. The organisation began as Marwell Preservation Trust with more specific goals of protecting and breeding endangered species through the operation of Marwell Zoological Park set in the heart of the Hampshire countryside near Winchester. Our mission is to conserve biodiversity and other natural resources, both locally and internationally – but we rely on the support of thousands to bring it to life! We engage with over 40,000 children and young people through our conservation educational programmes, and welcome over 500,000 visitors each year to our 140 acre zoological park. In every contact we seek to encourage understanding, and inspire care for the natural world. In essence, we aim to connect people with nature. Our team of Conservation Biologists run field programmes in the UK & Africa in partnership with communities, statutory agencies and other non-governmental organisations. Find out which species we’re working with and the positive, sustainable impacts we’re making on our conservation website.

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Anyone can be a Heritage Ambassador. Help take our past into the future. Spread the word and generate revenue. Make heritage your business and earn with your passion for art and culture. ArtAcadia.org is an umbrella organization for everything pertaining to our heritage and respective cultures. Providing a platform for Heritage Ambassadors, to help take our past into the future. We are a passionate community that is compiling a comprehensive global directory and cultural map. Facilitating networking, training, work opportunities, events and marketplace.

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