Raise the Red Flag about captive animal suffering!


There are hundreds of thousands 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 overseas, 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.




On the basis of public reports of concern for animals we receive, identifying some of the issues reported at facilities, attractions and locations across the world, a red flag is added to our map. Click on a flag to find out more. 


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

If there is no flag at a particular facility or location, it does not necessarily mean there are no animal welfare problems there; only that we have not received significant or substantive reports from eyewitnesses.


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