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.

Tiger at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Our FOUR PAWS rescue sanctuary for big cats in the Netherlands


LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

Species-appropriate home for more than 100 rescued animals in South Africa

Tigress Cara TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

FOUR PAWS provides an animal sanctuary in Germany

Animal rescue in action

animal rescues

FOUR PAWS helps animals under direct human influence

Read More