Zoo conditions worldwide
The whole world is increasingly focusing on animal welfare and the protecting of Wildlife and nature as a whole. People are becoming more aware of the conditions wild animals such as lions and tigers, suffer under in zoos and circuses worldwide. They are kept in miniature cages, often abused and starved – all for the purpose of income from public viewing.
The captive animals are deprived of their natural environment without any or little stimuli, enrichment or hiding place from the public gaze. The animals become frustrated, unenriched and bored, and many develop the so called "zoochosis". Have you ever observed a captive animal pace repeatedly, twist and roll its neck unnaturally, rock and sway back and forth, or even inflict self-mutilation? If the answer is yes, then you sadly have experienced this condition first handedly. And even worse; as the public has started to witness and complain about the horrific scenes, some zoos are giving animals mood-altering drugs, such as Prozac, to "handle" the problem and keep the complaints under control.
Some zoos are experiencing surplus problems, and are euthanizing perfectly healthy lions and tigers. They over breed to ensure constant cubs for the tourist to pet and then run out of space to house them as adults. Their lives consist of a dirty, dark enclosure as small as a bedroom, where many suffer from malnutrition, and never even feel grass under their paws!
Cruel exploitation of animals in circuses
There is no wild animal that on its own will want to jump through burning hoops, or sit on a chair, or give a high-5! This comes from years of harsh punishments and beating. The animals have no voice to say no, and act out of fear – not choice. There is an absolute need to expose the reality of the psychological and physical agony the animals face under training, housing and transportation.
Many international organisations have over the years worked very hard to free wildlife from circuses, and the work is paying off! Many countries have already implemented a ban, and there are many more to come. Together with a wealth of international organisations and wildlife activists, Panthera Africa will be part of the solution and save lions and tigers, and through their unique stories create awareness about the truth behind the scenes.
Wild animals are NOT "pets"
Wild animals are surprisingly often kept captive in private homes as "pets." When in the hands of private individuals, the animals themselves may suffer. These animals do not adjust well to a captive environment, for they require special care, housing, diet, and maintenance that the average person cannot provide. As a result, individuals who possess exotic animals often attempt to change the nature of the animal rather than the nature of the care provided. When many possessors realize they can no longer care for an exotic "pet", they turn to zoos and other institutions such as sanctuaries to take over the responsibility. However, there are not enough zoos and accredited institutions to possibly accommodate the number of unwanted "pets", and as a result, most of these animals are either euthanized, abandoned, or doomed to live in deplorable conditions (source: Born Free USA).
Be the change you want to see
"The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That's the essence of inhumanity" - George Bernard Shaw
As more and more countries are uniting to free wild animals from zoos, the need for safe havens like Panthera Africa is essential. Partnering up with animal welfare organisations and activists, Panthera Africa will create a safe haven for these beautiful animals, and give them a chance of the best captive life possible. They will learn to live side by side with humans, and see that life can be prosperous and enriching.