Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Behind the bars – African elephants in captivity

Elephant Dudley Zoo
Entirely unsuited to captivity. Born Free is taken action to make the UK an elephant-free zone.

Elephants do particularly badly in captivity and suffer physical and psychological disorders, high infant mortality and reduced longevity.  These ultra-sensitive, highly intelligent and complex creatures are entirely unsuited to zoos and may display abnormal behaviours, repeatedly swaying, rocking and shaking their heads.  Zoos still capture elephants from the wild to bolster failed captive breeding programmes.

More about captivity issues here

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

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