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big cats

FOUR PAWS is committed to helping lions, tigers and other big cats worldwide through direct rescues and providing species-appropriate sanctuaries. Lions are the only representatives of the big cat family to live and hunt in a pack, and are the second-largest cat. Tigers are the largest big cats and are usually solitary. Their striking striped markings make them unique – and provide surprisingly perfect camouflage in the undergrowth.    

the suffering of big cats and what we are doing to end it

FOUR PAWS is lobbying to alter legislation and achieve lasting change for the better. We also rescue lions and tigers kept in bad conditions in captivity.  

the tiger trade

Trade with living tigers and with tiger products must be stopped

cub petting

Big Cats on Breeding Farms

The truth behind the tourist attraction of cuddling and walking with a lion cub

Lion in South Africa

Trophy and Canned Hunting

Killing and displaying wild animals as trophies


rescue and sanctuaries

Rescued big cats get a chance to live in an environment appropriate to their species  at the FOUR PAWS big cat sanctuaries.

Tigress Dehli at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Our FOUR PAWS wild animal project in the Netherlands since 2014

Lioness Neida at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

A FOUR PAWS project in South Africa since 2006

Tigress Varvara at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

A cooperation between FOUR PAWS and Tierart e.V. in Germany since 2013

Animal rescue in action

animal rescues

FOUR PAWS helps animals under direct human influence

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