Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Behind the bars: polar bears in captivity

Captive Polar Bear
Polar bears suffer terribly in captivity

Bears are inquisitive and opportunistic and can suffer particularly badly in captivity.  Bears in zoos and circuses can display many abnormal behaviours, such as bar-biting, swaying from side to side, or even self-mutilation. 

Born Free campaigns to end the confinement of bears and all wild animals for ‘entertainment’.  Thanks to our UK Polar Bear Survey, only one British zoo keeps polar bears and welfare has improved in many zoos worldwide, making life a little more tolerable for many captive bears.

Find out more about captivity issues here >

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