Born Free: the tragic story of Pole Pole the elephant who died in captivity in London 40 years ago today

Born Free: the tragic story of Pole Pole the elephant who died in captivity in London 40 years ago today


Today, 17th October 2023, International wildlife charity Born Free is releasing a powerful and emotive animation highlighting the suffering caused by the keeping of elephants in zoos. Narrated by the organisation’s Founder Patron, actor and campaigner, Dame Joanna Lumley, voiced by Kenyan actor and influencer, Foi Wambui and created by award-winning animator Andrew D Morgan, the film, ‘Enough Is Enough’, tells of a young elephant whose tragic true story and untimely death, 40 years ago today, inspired the creation of the charity.

Born Free is asking the public to watch the film and join them to help bring this travesty to an end by signing the #ElephantFreeUK petition, which can be found here ELEPHANT-FREE UK (bornfree.org.uk).

This calls for the urgent, humane phasing-out of elephants in UK zoos. The charity is urging the government to begin by prohibiting any future attempts to breed elephants in captivity, and stopping the importation of additional elephants, from the wild or from captivity, into the UK.

Joanna Lumley – By Land Rover MENA CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=97190461

Will Travers OBE © Mike Daines, via Born Free

Chris Lewis, via Linkedin

View and download the full animation here:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/w3r55u542gi5cog/AABEu0sAz5uP8jiB-bIlqErsa?dl=0

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