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WILL TRAVERS / PRESIDENT, BORN FREE FOUNDATION


Will is the son of Born Free founder Virginia McKenna. Awarded an OBE in recognition of his wildlife conservation and wild animal welfare work, he facilitated the The Elephant in the Room by advising the filmmakers and providing them access to Born Free’s contacts and archives.

ED STEWART / CO-FOUNDER & PRESIDENT, PERFORMING ANIMAL WELFARE SOCIETY (PAWS)


With over 32 years of experience caring for elephants, Ed managed the development of the 2,300-acre ARK 2000 PAWS wildlife sanctuary in California that rehomes elephants rescued from zoos and circuses. The elephants of the sanctuary feature in The Elephant in the Room.

ROBERTA BOWN / INDEPENDENT ANIMAL WELFARE ACTIVIST


Moved by the desperate situation of Tania, an Asian elephant that has been kept in isolation for over 27 years, Roberta has dedicated much of her time to raising awareness on social and mainstream media about her. Roberta’s 2014 visit to see her in Romania is featured in The Elephant in the Room.

CHRIS DRAPER / SENIOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCHER, BORN FREE FOUNDATION


Chris undertakes scientific research on animal welfare and conservation issues involving wild animals in captivity. Chris’s 2014 visit to see Tania in Romania is featured in The Elephant in the Room.

DR JOYCE POOLE / DIRECTOR & CO-FOUNDER, ELEPHANTVOICES


Joyce is the world’s foremost authority on elephant behaviour. With a PhD from Cambridge, she has studied the social behavior and communication of elephants for over 35 years. She lives in Norway, where she was interviewed for The Elephant in the Room.

DR ROB ATKINSON / FORMER HEAD OF WILDLIFE, RSPCA


Rob has a wealth of knowledge in animal welfare, research and policy. With a degree in Zoology and a PhD from Oxford, his work has brought the welfare problems of elephants in zoos to public attention. He recounts his encounter with Pole Pole and Twiggy in The Elephant in the Room.

ADAM ROBERTS / CEO, BORN FREE USA & CHAIRMAN, Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries


Adam is a leading expert on wildlife conservation, international wildlife trade and captive wild animals. He serves on influential panels across the world and on the board of directors of the Species Survival Network.