Many of us will have only seen elephants in zoos, or so-called safari parks, and likely felt confused by the joy being brought by seeing them up close, and the reality of the lack of space and enrichment they have in captivity…
Creature Discomforts: Life in Lockdown
International wildlife charity Born Free is calling on the Government to implement a long-overdue review and reform of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981 to significantly raise the standards in the more than 300 licensed zoos in Britain. Find out more…
Lolita the orca: 50 years in a tank
Fifty years ago, one of the worst atrocities of animal welfare took place. In the largest capture of wild orcas in history, more than 90 of the marine mammals were rounded up in Penn Cove and seven young southern resident killer whales were captured using nets and explosives, then sold to aquariums. Only one of those abducted on 8th August 1970 is still alive; Lolita.
The Wind of Change: 35 years of Born Free
Born Free Foundation celebrates 35 years, with a special gala evening and some innovative new conservation techniques.
Animal emotions film raises awareness of zoo animals’ welfare issues
The key to holding zoos and safari parks accountable in their standards of care — today and for years to come — is to encourage the general public, especially youngsters, to see the benefit of ensuring all animals held in captivity receive good care and welfare.
Big Cats in captivity — Shamwari Diaries: Interval
One topic that I’ve never shied away from on this blog is that of wild animals in captivity. This week, I attempt to untangle the challenges and moral obligation of each of the places that have come to house lions; game reserves, zoos, sanctuaries, lion farms and ‘the wild’,
British Zoos — their politics and history: guest post by Shubhobroto Ghosh
This latest guest blog post was written by the author of ‘Dreaming In Calcutta and Channel Islands’, which recounts the writer’s voluntary ‘zoo checking’ work for the
Killer whales in captivity: guest post by Ben Stockwell
My latest Kate on Conservation guest blog post explores the reality of orcas in captivity. Just two weeks after a new film detailing the story
Talking the talk: let’s have a conversation about Taiji Cove dolphin slaughter
This ‘dolphin drive’ season, more than 150 bottlenose dolphins have been rounded up and taken from Japan’s Taiji Cove, forced into dolphin shows in captivity, and most destined to make their way into the meat trade.
Making a stand, marching a march.
I am lucky. As a journalist, a blogger and as a human being, I have a voice. A voice I can use to speak up