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.

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

Wild Animals in Circuses

Animal suffering on tour for our entertainment

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 Ivan-Asen in FELDIA 2018

Rescue Ivan-Asen

Rescued from a zoo in Bulgaria and brought to our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 

Lion Lenci in FELIDA

Rescue Lenci

This lion is a true fighter, finding his way from 'Europe's worst zoo' to a happy life

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.


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

Tiger at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Our FOUR PAWS rescue sanctuary for big cats in the Netherlands


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