Watch our new film by Aardman Animations and see how we have used people’s experience of lockdown to highlight the lives of wild animals forced to live under lock and key.

Many animals in zoos, circuses and dolphinaria suffer in lockdown every day. They’re trapped thousands of miles from their natural habitats, stripped of a life in the wild and locked up for life. 

Almost all will die in captivity.

Where possible, we rescue vulnerable wild animals from appalling conditions where they have been confined, exploited or abused. We rehabilitate them and, whenever possible, release them back into the wild. Sadly, many of the wild animals we rescue have been too damaged by captivity to return to the wild.


There are millions of wild animals in captivity worldwide – in zoos, theme parks, dolphinaria, circuses and elephant camps.

Wild animals, whether born in the wild or in captivity, may suffer significantly from life in captivity.

Throughout its history, Born Free has challenged the global zoo industry and today we lead the movement against the captive exploitation of wild animals. We investigate and expose the animal welfare standards of zoos and their commitment to conservation.

Claims by zoos that they contribute to species conservation and public education require careful scrutiny, and cannot be used to justify the keeping and breeding of wild animals in captivity. We challenge the global zoo industry and lobby for policy change in the UK and internationally.

We encourage improvements to animal welfare legislation that affects the lives of wild animals in zoos, and support improved care, while encouraging an informed public to consider directing their support away from the keeping of wild animals in zoos and instead towards protecting them in their natural habitats.

Where possible, we rescue vulnerable wild animals from appalling conditions where they have been confined, exploited or abused. We rehabilitate them and, whenever possible, release them back into the wild. Sadly, many of the wild animals we rescue have been too damaged by captivity to return to the wild.

We need your help to do more. 

£3 per month

...could help cover the annual costs to care for a cheetah at one of our sanctuaries

£10 per month

...could help pay for our work to improve the welfare of captive animals 

£20 per month

...could go towards the lifetime care of a rescued lion in one our our sanctuaries

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By donating and becoming a Born Free supporter, you will receive our Wild Life magazine, our flagship publication, four times a year. Our magazine contains reports, stories and updates on how your support is making a real difference every single day.

We rely on caring people like you to help ensure a safer and kinder long-term future for wild animals.

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ANIMALS THAT YOU CAN ADOPT...

You'll receive an exclusive adoption pack containing a soft toy, animal story, species fact sheet, certificate and glossy photo.
Lion for adoption
Cheetah for adoption
Wolf for adoption
Bear for adoption
Tiger for adoption
Gorilla for adoption
Brown Bear for adoption
Orca for adoption
Orangutan for adoption
Giraffe for adoption
Leopard for adoption
Elephant for adoption
Jaguar for adoption
Pangolin for adoption
Rhino for adoption
Monkey for adoption

CAPTIVE ANIMALS

Born Free is committed to preventing animal suffering and protecting threatened species in their natural habitats. We strongly oppose the exploitation and keeping of wild animals in captivity and campaign to Keep Wildlife in the Wild. We work to end any activities that negatively impact wild animals living in captivity.

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