help for big cats

Thousands of big cats live in very poor conditions in circuses, zoos, and private ownership all across the world today. Uncontrolled breeding causes "surplus" animals that either end up dead or traded to unsuitable places.

FOUR PAWS believes that big cats should not be kept as pets or for entertainment. These wild animals suffer in captivity under inadequate keeping conditions including lack of expert care, frequent traveling, harsh training and intensive interaction with humans. 

FOUR PAWS calls for the improvement of legal standards regarding keeping conditions in certified zoological facilities and sanctuaries and demands a ban on other forms of captivity. Devising solutions for unwanted and illegally kept big cats plays a crucial role in our work. Our big cat sanctuaries and centers offer rescued big cats a species-appropriate home.

Transfer tiger Caruso

Tiger King – everyone is watching, no one is acting

The truth behind Joe Exotic and Tiger King season 2 on Netflix!

tiger in wildlife trade

#LiveKinder to End the Wildlife Trade

Stop the exploitation of wild animals

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

Tamer and tiger

Suffering on Tour: Wild Animals in Circuses

Animal abuse for entertainment is still happening throughout the world

young lion

Wild Animals are Not Pets

Private ownership is detrimental to wild animals

two lions

Wild Animals in Zoos

How to help animals in poorly kept zoos?


The Tiger Trade

More tigers live in captivity than are left in the wild


Meet our rescued big cats

Lion Bobby in FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Rescue Bobby

Lion Bobby is settled and relaxed at his home in our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 

Bengal tiger rescue from the Bloemfontein Zoo

Rescue of Two Tigers and Three Jackals

Home at LIONSROCK after an emergency rescue

Tiger Caruso

Rescue Caruso

As you know, this beautiful tiger moved from our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary to LIONSROCK in March 2019

Motan and Pisa

Rescue Motan and Pisa

Motan and Pisa have settled in incredibly well at our project LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary! 


our Big cat sanctuaries

We provide species-appropriate homes for rescued big cats all over the world.

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

Tigress Dehli at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Our FOUR PAWS wild animal project in the Netherlands since 2014

rescued lion

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