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LIONSROCK – Refuge for victims of the lion industry

FOUR PAWS offers lions who are rescued from breeding and canned hunting farms a secure and species appropriate place to live out their lives at our Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK in South Africa. These animals have been spared from ending up as a trophy. They will remain at LIONSROCK for the rest of their lives. They will not be sold and may not be bred with or hunted.

FOUR PAWS big cat sanctuary LIONSROCK is a refuge for victims of the hunting industry.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Health problems caused by hand raising

Many inhabitants of LIONSROCK came into this world at lion breeding farms. Through being raised by hand and sometimes due to inbreeding, some of these lions are suffering from health problems. Lioness Limpi has been suffering from severe arthritis since she was three and Ghenges has ongoing problems with his hips. These lions need a lot of medical treatment and sometimes only an operation can help.

This is Kimba, now living in LIONSROCK and enjoying his life.

Trophies offered on internet

Lion Kimba was born in captivity in 2002 at what is now LIONSROCK. The former farm owner offered Kimba on the internet as a hunting trophy. When FOUR PAWS took over the land in 2007, this practice was immediately ended and Kimba was lucky to be saved. Now, he spends his days roaming his territory and enjoying life in safety.

You can learn more about the LIONSROCK project here