Understanding Captivity of Wildlife

What do you understand about captivity of wildlife?

Unlike many years ago whereby by default wildlife was found in the wild. They have been introduced to captivity arrangements.

What does captivity arrangement include?

Captivity arrangement is whereby wildlife occupies a controlled environment. An environment that have been subjected to several alteration by humans.
Such places include:

  • Ranches
  • Private homes
  • Zoos
  • Orphanage centres
  • Laboratories
  • Aquarium
  • Sanctuaries
  • Safari Park
  • Circus

Not all of these places offer a conducive environment to these wildlife. Some are more of subjecting them to slavery. And hence should be stopped.

So what are the reasons behind wildlife captivity?


Due to geographical fragmentation, wildlife has been separated from their relatives over time. Hence leading to poor breeds or extinction of some breeds.
By captivity such wildlife, we are able to breed them safely and most of the time. returned into the wild to boast their population.

Pet keeping

Wildlife especially the big cat have been known to be adapted as pets for prestigious status. They are seen as symbol to power and fame.
Unfortunately , most wildlife kept as pets are not well taken care of. But rather abused.

To prevent extinction

Wildlife can be subjected to captivity to save its species kind.
Within a confined environment, the animals can be able to improve on their population and studied closely. And as a result saving them from getting extinct.

For tourism purpose

Not everyone will gladly hope into a car and enjoy a safari. Some just want to have wildlife in one place. No hustle to spot them in the wild. Or undergo the long bumpy drives.
Such tourists will prefer enjoy wildlife through captive environment.

Habitat loss and fragmentation

Did you know that in some countries, wildlife can only be found in captivity?
Since their habitat was grabbed by humans long time ago. So they are homeless. Captivity is the only place they can inhabit.

For rescue purpose

In the wild, survival is for the fittest 100%. They are no room for weak animals. The killed wildlife may leave behind its offspring. And if they are not strong enough, they may also end up dead. In such incidence , several organisations have built a place such wildlife can call home.
They take them in and nurture them till they are mature enough to be re-introduced into the wild.
It also covers animals that suffer aftermath of poaching by humans.

For entertainment

This is one of the worst reasons for wildlife captivity. Few inhuman humans decide to confine wildlife in circus for their entertainment. They also go ahead and request other confused humans to pay for the same.
The wildlife are made to do several humiliating acts and used wrongly.

For research and testing

Unfortunately, our laboratories use wildlife as test subjects in their research. If done okay, then it’s allowed. In this case, wildlife take it for the team (humans).
This should be one of the reasons to encourage us to continue fighting for wildlife.


Captivity if used with good reasons, it’s a great help to the wildlife. And can save a whole species. But if misused, then it can wipe the same species away within a brink of the eye.

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Hey, My name is Cheche Winnie and I love nature especially the wildlife. I strongly believe that the future generation should be allowed an opportunity to enjoy the current natural resources we have. As much as a lot has been lost, there's hope for a safe planet earth. Together we can help fight threats facing nature for a bright future.

30 Responses

    Megala November 14, 2018

    I do feel animals have the right to live in their natural habitats, and living in captivity is not going to be enjoyed by them.

    Cheche Winnie November 14, 2018

    Share same feeling with you. Although in productive and last resolution needs, captivity can be used to save wildlife. And they should be reintroduced into the wild afterwards.

    Deborah Ann Palmer November 14, 2018

    I believe that it was last year that Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus went out of bus after many years mainly because it was found out elephants were being mistreated.
    Was a big scandal. Now circuses might have a pony or two but most just rely on human acrobatics and magic shows plus clowns

    Cheche Winnie November 14, 2018

    Its good news circus is being fought against hence saving wildlife from abuse.

    Brenda Sue November 14, 2018

    You did a very good job of explaining the reasons for captivity. I’m from the U.S. , https://davidsway.blog a Nutrition/Wellness blog Thank you for your follow!

    Cheche Winnie November 14, 2018

    Thank you very much

    Brenda Sue November 14, 2018

    You are welcome! Thank you for your Follow!

    Brenda Sue November 14, 2018

    You’re welcome! Thank you for your Follow!

    Brenda Sue November 14, 2018

    You’re welcome!

    davidyochim November 15, 2018

    Your blog is very interesting.

    Cheche Winnie November 15, 2018

    Thank you very much

    Libre8 November 17, 2018

    I can appreciate there are some positive reasons for captivity. However, it does seem a strange state of affairs that the reasons for it are often man-made, making people the problem and – only partial – solution.

    Cheche Winnie November 18, 2018

    And thats where things get complicated. We are major problems to our wildlife yet the needed saviours to their survivor.

    Orvillewrong November 19, 2018

    There are pluses and minuses on both sides of this argument. I like to think that the majority of captive animals are fed well and treated humanely!

    Cheche Winnie November 19, 2018

    But they are meant to be wild, its better we ensure that they remain in their natural habitat safe.

    Cathy November 19, 2018

    The only reason to keep wild life in capitivity is to help breed an endangered species or to look after a sick or orphaned individual, nothing else is defensible. Good blog.

    Cheche Winnie November 20, 2018

    Thank you very much

    SueT唐 梦 琇 November 22, 2018

    No to any captivity I say. I love seeing animals in their natural environment. I enjoy reading your posts very much.

    Cheche Winnie November 22, 2018

    Thank you very much Sue. Wildlife are best when allowed to continue living in their natural habitats.

    patriciaruthsusan December 5, 2018

    An interesting post, Cheche. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. 🙂 — Suzanne

    Cheche Winnie December 5, 2018

    Thank you very much

    Anna Waldherr December 8, 2018

    Thank you for addressing this important issue. With so many species at risk, mankind must take measures to protect wildlife and the habitat upon which that wildlife depends.

    Cheche Winnie December 8, 2018

    That’s very true.

    Rob Alberts December 10, 2018

    I love your optimism.
    Kind regards,

    Cheche Winnie December 10, 2018

    Thank you very much Alberts.


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