Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild


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.  Elephants are still captured from the wild to bolster failed captive breeding programmes.

Captive elephants are commonly used in tourism activities around the world. These activities often result in major animal welfare concerns, particularly for elephants held in ‘camps’ and used in trekking activities or forced to perform unnatural behaviours to entertain the public.  The practices involved in ‘taming’ an elephant so that it can be ridden or trained to perform tricks are often highly abusive.

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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