Alongside Jane's Biro drawing workshops for the project, Born Free Foundation is offering to deliver educational and impactful workshops in person and to create free, online resources that have a global reach. 

Environmental education resources for the Where Did All the Animals Go? project is supported by Born Free Education. David Bolton's Born Free Education Officer original idea for Jane's 2019 workshops, of allocating a continent of species to each school also brings onboard other valuable subjects such as geography and history, providing a variety of resource activities for teachers to work with.

Image courtesy of Born Free

Other proposed educational resources developed by Born Free include:

  • Assemblies delivered by Born Free to participating schools
  • Online resources created by Born Free with environmental education and Drawing for Endangered Species workshops with Jane
  • An online gallery to which schools across UK and globally can submit their drawings
  • BFF environmental pack for TES download
  • Regional school visits

Children of Jarrow Cross visiting Where Did the Animals Go? exhibition 2019 to see their work on display 

Why this project is important to Born Free:

Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history– and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely. Around 1 million animal and plant species are now threatened with extinction, many within decades, more than ever before in human history. This critical situation is exacerbated by relentless population growth and climate change. Children who started primary school this year will complete their secondary education in 2032 and by this time, the UN estimates that there will be an extra 1 billion people living on a planet that is 1.5°C warmer.

Children of Mortimer Primary, South Shields visiting Where Did the Animals Go? exhibition 2019 to see their work displayed and making drawings of tigers

“In the end we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we are taught.” Baba Dioum (1968). At the foundation of all wild animal protection lies a need for education. Future generations will be tasked with the tremendous responsibility of protecting our planet from a catastrophic decline in wildlife from which our ecosystem may never recover, with significant implications for wildlife, habitats and people alike. Our education team is committed to fostering a love for the natural world, increasing awareness of the threats and challenges facing wildlife and empowering young people to make sustainable choices. We increase knowledge, promote compassion and respect for animals and enable individual and community scale action in order to build a future where there is no wild animal exploitation, and where human impact on wildlife populations is mitigated, and co-existence becomes the norm.

Keely Year 5 Jarrow Cross Primary listening to exhibition video and Christine Egan-Fowler's interview while drawing Kate Tooley's fosa drawing on display in Where Did All the Animals Go? exhibition