Exotic Animal Incidents Database
Wild animals belong in the wild — not in the confinement of circuses, zoos, people's backyards or apartments. Kept in captivity, wild and exotic animals are not able to perform their natural behaviors and many literally go insane, suffering psychological and physical deprivation. Humans are at equal risk as a result of escapes, bites or other forms of attack.
Here you will find an interactive database of attacks on humans, attacks on other animals, and escapes by exotic animals in the United States that Born Free USA has tracked since 1990. Using this database, you can search by state, species, incident type or even a keyword to compile exactly what you're looking for. And each incident in your search is plotted on a map of the United States for a quick visual of how widespread the problem is (and it is widespread).
It's only a partial list, because we can only track the incidents we hear about, usually through media reports. This doesn't cover the potentially huge number of incidents in which someone is injured or a captive animal is harmed or even killed but the incident does not make the news.
This database tracks:
Zoo IncidentsAZA (Association of Zoos & Aquariums)-accredited animal exhibits and non-accredited "road-side zoos" are a poor substitute for "the wild" for captive wild and exotic animals. Held in small, sometimes barren enclosures, unable to perform naturally and many even denied the companionship of their own kind, captive zoo animals escape, attack and even die trying to be free.