Ma Juah the Lioness

Goodbye Ma Juah

As a silver member of Born Free Foundation, I received my latest copy of Wildlife Times magazine in the post last week to discover the sad news that Ma Juah, the amber-eyed lioness at Shamwari had passed on.Having been a one-time “adoptive parent” of Ma Juah, and having seen her living out her days in…

The elephant in the room poster

The Elephant in the Room

To me, the best kind of an education comes from something that moves you. Something that stays with you long after you first discover or encounter it, and leaves you wanting to take action. Sometimes that action may simply be learning more, delving into this newfound knowledge further, to see what other unknowns may be…

Kate, Pollyanna and Virginia

More than a dot-to-dot painting…

As someone who looks to many places for ideas and inspiration, there’s a video I return to time and time again. The words of the late Steve Jobs, Co-Founder of Apple and Creator of Pixar animations, have always rung true to me: “It’s impossible to connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them…

Virginia Mckenna, Pride in the Park

“Tonight they roar ‘don’t forget us’!”

A welcome with open arms… Those millions of YouTube viewers who have watched Christian the lion’s reunion with John Rendall and Anthony (Ace) Bourke will recognise the hesitant stroll that holds Christian back for a second, as if drinking in the presence of his old friends, before the magnetised yearning to rekindle with a familiar…

Pride in the park event, Born Free

Preparations, Paintings & Pride in the Park

Something very exciting is happening this weekend. Two very exciting things actually… If you can’t see from this hurriedly taken photo of my Pride in the Park tickets, I’m headed to Derby for a fantastic and glamorous evening of entertainment and auction as part of Born Free Foundation’s 30th anniversary celebrations. I even dusted off…

tiger puppet

The show still goes on…

At the beginning of June Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II spoke before Parliament to outline the political agenda for the next year. Poised and ready for triumph, Born Free Foundation supporters waited for Her Majesty to raise attention to animals in circuses and the desperate need to make this practice illegal. And waited. And waited.…