The Zoo Check team undertakes research on all issues concerning captive wild animals. Zoo Check maintains records of the status and performance of hundreds of zoos, circuses and other captive facilities worldwide.
Our high-profile campaigns focus on changing public attitudes, informing decision-makers, and giving captive wild animals a voice. Whether it is exposing malpractice and poor conditions endured by captive wild animals or raising greater awareness about the needs of wild animals and their welfare, Zoo Check takes action on the front line for captive wild animals.
High standards and detailed guidelines to ensure better animal welfare are often the first steps in creating better lives for wild animals. Zoo Check’s work promotes and encourages compliance with existing legislation, investigates and exposes examples of non-compliance, and works with authorities to improve legislation.
Born Free’s Zoo Check programme influences and encourages a change in attitudes away from keeping wild animals in captivity in favour of their protection in the wild. Working with local communities, other organisations, the travel industry, the media and governments, we do our best to inform and influence decision-makers and inspire people, young and old, to respect wildlife and support its protection in its natural habitat.
Working with others is the key to the success of the Born Free Foundation. The Zoo Check team works with many like-minded NGOs, with governments and the travel industry across the world to keep wildlife in the wild.
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"We can learn as much about lions by studying them in their captivity as we can about men by studying them in their prison cells,"
Born Free Founder & Trustee