Captive Animal Facility Checklist

Make Sure Captive Animal Facilities Are Humane & Safe

Do you know which of the sanctuaries, zoos, and wildlife facilities near you are humane and which should be avoided for their inappropriate captive care and/or for exploiting animals?

The Netflix documentary ‘Tiger King’ captured the attention of millions of viewers by highlighting an example of cruel and dangerous animal entertainment park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma. Unfortunately, the show did not spend enough time talking about the issues with the facilities and how it demonstrates dangerous captive care.

The Jane Goodall Institute has worked very hard to establish best-in-class captive welfare at our Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Center in the Republic of the Congo, largely thanks to Dr. Rebeca Atencia and the Chimpanzee Welfare Index. This ensures that the physical, emotional, and socialization needs of every chimpanzee and chimpanzee groups are accounted for. Our hope is that every facility caring for captive animals takes the time to establish best possible care for their animals.

By taking the time to go through this checklist for each facility, you’ll get a better idea of the quality of the captive animal care near you! Make sure to always do this before visiting, sharing about or engaging with captive animal facilities, in the U.S. or abroad.

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