Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Behind the bars, lions in captivity

three lion cage (c) R Leon / Sunday Mirror
Born Free rescued the Three Lions from a tiny 'beast-wagon' at a French circus

Throughout the world, countless thousands of lions and other big cats are kept in appalling conditions in zoos, circuses and private by individuals as ‘pets’. Even in modern zoos, lions, tigers and other big cats repeatedly pace frustrated because their social, hunting and territorial instincts are denied. Although they breed well in captivity, it is extremely difficult to return a captive-bred big cat to the wild and this almost never happens. The best option for these animals is lifetime care in purpose built, natural habitat sanctuaries. With the help of supporters, Born Free rescues lions, tigers, leopards and cheetah from lives of misery and provides them with lives worth living in sanctuaries in Africa and India. 

Find out more about captivity issues

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

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