Raise the Red Flag for captive wild animals!


There are millions of wild animals in captivity worldwide – in zoos, theme parks, sanctuaries, dolphinaria, circuses and elephant camps. There are also many other individual captive animals exploited for human entertainment. Many of these animals are kept in poor conditions – neglected, suffering or abused.

We want to prevent the suffering of wild animals in captivity and encourage people like you, whether in your home country or when travelling internationally, to look out for captive wild animals and flag your concerns. Your eyewitness reports provide us with vital information which is recorded in our comprehensive database and map, and used, where possible, to raise awareness, conduct further investigation and/or used in our ongoing campaigns to help wild animals in need.

Raise the Red Flag lets you report your concerns to us, highlights animal welfare issues, shares information and provides advice and guidance on how you can take action to help captive wild animals further.






The map below shows locations where Born Free has received substantive reports of concern relating to wild animals in captivity. A black pin represents some of the locations where Born Free has undertaken a special visit or investigation 
Click on a pin to find out more or search for a captive facility, location, region or country in the search box below



NB Information presented is a summary of reports received by Born Free from members of the public and reported in the media. While we aim to check the content of each report and assess its significance, Born Free makes no representation as to the accuracy of any report.

Whether or not a flag is raised depends on the quality of the report and submitted evidence, among other factors. If there is no flag at a particular facility or location, it does not necessarily mean there are no animal welfare problems there.

Raise the Red Flag was conceived by Aaron Gekoski and developed by Steven Dean.

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