There could be around 10,000 captive wild animal facilities such as zoos, aquaria and wildlife sanctuaries globally. Quite simply, some captive facilities have good welfare, but many do not. Legislation, expertise, resources, culture and attitudes towards animal management all influence how animals are cared for.
Our work is helping transform the lives of captive wild animals through compassionate care, training and capacity building in a wide range of different facilities.
We are working in more than ten countries around the world and that number is growing – but we can’t visit all the facilities and help all the animals that need it. But with a conservative estimate of around 700 million people a year visiting just zoos worldwide….
How can you tell if animals are suffering or simply not receiving good enough care? It can be hard to tell what an animal really needs and if it is suffering or not. In captivity there are many hundreds of species, all with very different needs. Below are a few suggestions to help identify if you should be concerned or not.
Thank You for caring for animals and their welfare – together we can and will improve care and welfare for wild animals living in captivity around the world.
If you would like to do even more to help, visit our Get Involved page to see what extra steps you can take to put animals first and help our global work improving welfare. You might want to Fundraise for our worldwide projects, pledge to be an Animal-Friendly Tourist when you travel or take on a Challenge for animals.
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