By supporting this market WE are creating the demand and are directly responsible for the animals being taken out of their natural environment. Taken from the Protrack Anti Poaching Unit Volunteer Work and Work Experience page

Want to help curb poaching? Don't buy exotic pets!


Bat-eared foxes, genets, servals, bush-babies, springhares, African parrots and reptiles are just some of the African animals being traded in the exotic pet market. This trade is so big that a study in the USA found that it came second only to the trade in drugs and weapons!

We have become conditioned to think of it as 'normal', but little thought goes into where these animals came from and how they were transported.

The reality is that 'exotic' animals are not commodities to be traded and kept for our amusement or status - they are wild animals who form a vital role in their environment.
Even if 'legally' traded-it does not mean that it is humane.

Captivity Kills. Ban Zoos! 

Zoo in France (2020...)

The captive black rhino named Jacob died due to severe undernutrition, with total absence of fat reserve

Jacob literally died of hunger and fatigue (IN 2020 IN AN EUROPEAN ZOO!!), considered an old man before the age. He will have lived his entire life in a climate that is not adapted to his needs, with food that is not adapted to his needs and in a state of weakness and suffering directly caused by his captive rhino conditions. Only death will have set him free from a life that has been nothing but a shadow of what it should have been. 

Wild baby elephants are snatched from their families and exported to zoos around the world. Zimbabwe has been capturing live baby African elephants in the wild and exporting them to zoos in China and elsewhere.

7 Feb 2020 Botswana auctions off permits to hunt elephants 

Zoo in Sudan

2020 -Shocking photos have emerged of five caged African lions stranded behind bars at Al-Qureshi animal park in an upmarket district of Sudan's capital Khartoum who have lost so much weight their bones are now showing through their skin. Four Paws International; Before our arrival in Sudan, we were told that there were other animals in horrible condition besides the four lions. According to the information we received, there were also two hyenas.... Our vets Amir Khalil and Frank Goeritz also confirmed that both hyenas' teeth are in bad condition and the wild animals have worn out the pads of their paws due to the concrete cages.

Zoo in Sweden

This was sweet little Darius...murdered & chopped up, fed to the lions at a Swedish zoo in front of a mesmerized audience because he was an excess expense.

Zoo in Germany

2020 - Zoos that should have been crowded in the sunny Easter holidays are now hard-up and asking for donations, as the coronavirus lockdown bites. "We've listed the animals we'll have to slaughter first," Neumünster Zoo's Verena Kaspari told Die Welt."At the worst, we would have to feed some of the animals to others." (source)

A Zoo Is A Prison, And Some Prisoners Escape

Don't Shop, Adopt!

Animals that are not adopted at a rescue centre...  after a while they have to be euthanized.....

If man wants freedom why keep birds and animals in cages?
Truly man is the king of beasts for his brutality exceeds them.
We live by the death of others. We are burial places!
I have since an early age abjured the use of meat.

Leonardo Da Vinci

When Humans Are Playing for God - Breeding 

Abidjan Zoo in Ivory Coast 

Alarming reports are emerging from Abidjan Zoo in Ivory Coast. A nineteen year old chimp died from lack of care and animals are underfed. Starvation is a serious concern. We supported the effort to help a chimp named Nikla that was attacked by villagers and taken in by the zoo. We helped improve her conditions thanks you and an NGO named Akatia that worked with the zoo. Nikla is at the zoo now. The goal is to have NGOs that are ready and able work with the zoo to improve conditions. We hope to raise awareness to bring a resolution and your support will be needed. 

"Lack of food, lack of care, cramped cages ... Caretakers are worried about animal abuse at the Abidjan National Zoo. Its thirty employees also denounce the difficult relationship with management. Some say they have been unpaid for several months and not covered by health insurance. With sad eyes, two chimpanzees put their arms between the bars of their cage to ask for food. "(source, source)

Last month, Sam, one of 11 chimpanzees at the Abidjan Zoo, died of dysentery at the age of 19. Primates can theoretically live to be 50 or 60 years old.
For this caregiver, the great ape's condition deteriorated due to severe nutritional deficiencies: "He had indigestion and also suffered from dysentery. There was nothing more we could do. They brought in a vet, they put him on IVs and the day after he left. "
He is the 7th chimpanzee to die in less than 10 years in the zoo. When contacted, the park manager, Mariam Koné, first denied the death of this primate before asserting that he had died of gastroenteritis.

According to employees, chimpanzees, but also leopards, lions and crocodiles are starving. 

The animals would be fed exclusively thanks to donations from supermarkets, which sell their unsold items. But that's not enough. Regularly, chimpanzees seek to escape.
"Yes, they fled because there was not enough food," reveals the caregiver. They used to eat three times a day and now they only eat once. So faced with the lack of food, they have no choice but to try to escape. "
On the social network Facebook, a group of more than 700 members has been formed. Many denounce the thinness "of the animals" who are starving "and the management of the zoo judged." 

Lolita, The World's Loneliest Orca

Lolita has not seen another orca since 1980 because she is eploited by humans.

Remember Keiko?

A mountain is composed of tiny grains of earth. The ocean is made up of tiny drops of water. Even so, life is but an endless series of little details, actions, speeches, and thoughts. And the consequences whether good or bad of even the least of them are far-reaching.

Protrack Anti-Poaching Unit Angels

Protrack Anti-Poaching Unit ~ Defending Wildlife since 1992. Join the Anti-Poaching Training Academy - Military Style Training / www.protrackapu.co.za

This is what can happen when kittens are given for free or in the hands of the wrong people. Each one painted a color with permanent markers and used as bait for dog fights. People bet on the color of the cat who will survive the longest. This is common - and yes happens in a lot of places! This is for public awareness and only by all of us advocating and discouraging free adoptions by ANYONE or ANY ORGANIZATION - can we make a dent in this problem.

Jacques Deval - 'God loved the birds and invented trees. Man loved the birds and invented cages.'

2020 Tigers on the border' documentary exposes the EU lucrative trade business with tigers and the relentless demand for their parts! An officer from the Russian Customs Service adds that often, zoos and circuses are used as a front for illegal trade. 

Destined as a 'gift' from a circus family to a non-existent zoo in Russia, the 10 tigers made a 2 000 km trip in horrifying conditions. This can only end if the European Commission bans the commercial trade! 

Spain bullfighting

Chimpanzees worldwide abused

African forest plunder condemns chimpanzees
to miserable lives in zoos

This is an important and in-depth article on the many threats rapidly driving chimpanzees to extinction: "One of the cruellest among many cruel poaching activities is the marketing of baby chimps. It's estimated that about 100 are exported each year, though that's a conservative estimate as many die before their final destination.

This is a species that depends on family ties and they defend their young. To capture a baby, the usual tactic used by poachers is to shoot as many of the adults in a family as possible to ensure they get babies who hang on to their mothers as they climb into the canopy. It's estimated that poachers kill up to 10 which can then be sold as bushmeat. That constitutes an annual loss of thousands of adults a year." Read more