Born Free Foundation - Keep Wildlife in the Wild

Working together for wild animals in captivity.

Established in 2005 by the Born Free Foundation, ENDCAP is a European coalition of NGOs and wildlife professionals, who seek greater protection for captive wildlife through investigation, advocacy and education, and who share the position that wild animals should not be exploited for human entertainment.

The European public is acutely aware of the poor conditions endured by millions of animals kept in zoos, circuses, dolphinaria and kept as pets throughout Europe. The sub-standard conditions that ENDCAP works tirelessly to address, have mainly resulted from poor enforcement of existing animal protection laws, exacerbated by a lack of relevant knowledge and expertise by the competent authorities. ENDCAP seeks to facilitate knowledge, improve enforcement and ensure higher welfare standards for wild animals in captivity in Europe.” - ENDCAP Coordinator




  • Operates as Europe’s united voice for captive wild animals.
  • Works to ensure the highest possible standards of captive wild animal welfare.
  • Provides high quality information on the state of captive wild animal welfare in Europe.
  • Ensures European legislation effectively protects animals and prevents suffering.
  • Ensures all EU Member States have access to knowledge and training to influence and achieve effective enforcement of animal protection law.
  • Pushes for a change away from keeping wild animals in captivity in favour of keeping wildlife in the wild.

ENDCAP seeks to improve the lives of wild animals in:


  • Zoos and aquaria
  • Captive dolphin facilities
  • Performance and circuses
  • Trade specifically for pet keeping
  • Sanctuaries and rescue centres

Find out more about ENDCAP

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

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