Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

FAQs

Campaigns & conservation

Can I volunteer on a field project for Born Free?
Sadly we are not currently able to offer volunteer roles for our field projects. We tend to employ local people instead as we find our projects are more successful if they are fully integrated into the local communities, and local people are direct ‘stakeholders’.  But volunteers are an invaluable asset to wildlife conservation and we encourage people to seek opportunities elsewhere. More >.

I am going to Sri Lanka on holiday - how can I visit the orphanage while I am there?
This can be arranged, but needs to be organized before you go on holiday.  Find out more about visiting the ETH.

Does Born Free only focus on wild animals, or domestic and companion animals as well?
Born Free is a wildlife charity and focuses on protecting threatened species in the wild and stopping the suffering of wild animals kept in captivity.  Born Free does not work with domestic or companion animals, although has affiliations with organisations working in these areas.

 

How can I report my concerns about captive wild animal suffering?
Born Free’s Travellers’ Animal Alert initiative encourages feedback from members of the public about captive wild animal suffering and exploitation they have seen whilst at home or abroad.  Please send us your reports via our online REPORT FORM.

Where can I buy a monkey / lion / exotic animal as a pet?
Born Free believes wild animals belong in the wild and never make good pets.  Wild animals are extremely difficult to care for and can quickly become unmanageable.  See our pages on exotic pets. 

Where can I swim with dolphins
Born Free does not recommend that people swim with dolphins, either in the wild or in captive facilities.  Born Free believes such contact can be detrimental to the dolphins and potentially dangerous for the people involved.  Find out more about dolphins in captivity.

I want to take my niece to a zoo - which one do you recommend?
Born Free does not recommend that people visit zoos.  Born Free believes it is cruel and unnecessary to keep a wild animal in confinement for human entertainment.  Born Free works to end captive animal suffering and phase out zoos.  See our Zoo Check section

Does Born Free want to see the closure of all zoos?
Yes!  Born Free believes it is cruel and unnecessary to keep a wild animal in confinement for human entertainment.  Born Free works to end captive animal suffering and phase out all zoos and animal circuses.

I am undertaking a project on animals in zoos, can you send me all the information you have?
All the information that our Zoo Check has available is published here online, including an extensive range of fact sheets.

I've informed Born Free Foundation of a captive animal in need of rescue, what happens next?
Born Free regularly receives calls for help in regard to captive animals in need.  Sadly, there are many more animals in need of rescue than there are sanctuary spaces worldwide - it is therefore vital we use precious sanctuary spaces not only to rescue animals in need, but also to highlight the problems facing captive wildlife (e.g. private ownership, trade, substandard zoos etc.).  We therefore have many considerations to make when we are informed about a captive animal in need - this flowchart will give you an idea of what we must take into account when we receive information from supporters. 

 

Born Free Foundation
Broadlands Business Campus, Langhurstwood Road
, Horsham, RH12 4QP, UK - Charity Reg. No. 1070906


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