Born Free has recently announced its intentions to construct a captive elephant rescue facility in Europe.Â
For elephants in zoos and circuses life is a miserable existence. In the wild African elephants will typically roam between 10-15km per day and their home range is infinitely bigger than this even, stretching up to 11,000 square kilometres in some cases. Elephants are highly sociable animals with close family ties. In the wild they live in matriarchal societies, raise their calves together and bond for life.
In Europe alone there are over 40 captive elephants living in solitary confinement.
“Born Free intends not only to press ahead with our own plans for rescuing elephants and constructing a state-of-the art sanctuary facility in Europe , but also to coordinate our work with other facilities to ensure the best possible outcome for captive elephants worldwide”.
Virginia McKenna OBE, founder and trustee of Born Free Foundation equates the cramped and filthy living conditions to which the majority of the world’s zoo elephants are subjected, to asking us to live in our bathroom!! These animals were not put on this earth for us to exhibit and exploit – elephants are emotionally complex and sentient beings with the capacity to feel grief and joy, sadness and elation. They are playful and inquisitive and in the wild, their lives are governed by interaction with others. A ball or swinging punchbag is not stimuli enough for any animal, let alone one as intellectually complex as an elephant. Of course, for many of these captive elephants, a return to the wild is just not feasible. But there is hope. Together we can help the Born Free Foundation provide a sanctuary where these victims of human greed can LEARN TO BE ELEPHANTS AGAIN!!Â Click here to find out more and donate to help build the sanctuary or watch the video, ‘An Elephant In The Room’.