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BORN FREE FOUNDATION


The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare. It takes action worldwide to protect threatened species and stop individual animal suffering. Born Free believes wildlife belongs in the wild and works to phase out zoos.


Born Free protects lions, elephants, tigers, gorillas, wolves, polar bears, dolphins, marine turtles and many more species in their natural habitat, working with local communities to help people and wildlife live together without conflict. Its high-profile campaigns change public attitudes, persuade decision-makers and get results. Every year, Born Free helps hundreds of thousands of animals worldwide.


The Born Free Foundation, originally known as Zoo Check, was founded in response to the destruction of a teenage African elephant named Pole Pole in the Elephant House at London Zoo on 17 October 1983. To mark the 30th anniversary of Pole Pole’s tragic death, Born Free published a damning report, Innocent Prisoner, that exposed the lives endured by some of the 40 or more elephants living in solitary confinement throughout Europe. The report highlighted the specific plight of several such elephants, including Twiggy at Belgrade Zoo in Serbia and Tania at Tirgu Mures Zoo in Romania. Both feature in The Elephant in the Room.


The Born Free Foundation is calling for the establishment of genuine elephant sanctuaries and for elephants currently housed alone in Europe to be relocated there.

UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE


The University of Hertfordshire runs a Skillset Media Academy accredited film and television course in the UK. Their creative arts department provided resources and advise to the students involved in the production of The Elephant in the Room.