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big cats

After tigers, lions are the second-largest cats and are the only representatives of this family to live and hunt in a pack. Tigers, on the other hand, are usually solitary. Their striking striped markings make them unique – and provide a surprisingly perfect camouflage in the undergrowth.

FOUR PAWS is committed to helping lions, tigers and other big cats worldwide. 

Worth knowing about Big Cats

Lion at LIONSROCK

10 Facts About Big Cats

How much do you know about these powerful feline predators? 

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Lion Ivan-Asen

THE TRANSFORMATION OF A RESCUED WILD ANIMAL

After being rescued, many of our animals go through a mental and physical transformation

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Lioness in Sudan

FAQ's on Big Cat Rescue Missions

Learn more about how we help suffering big cats across the world

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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.  

Lion Lenci in Zoo

help for bIG CATS

How FOUR PAWS rescues big cats from bad keeping conditions

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#RuthlessTrade

It’s closer than you think! 

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Lion in South Africa

Canned ‘Trophy’ Hunting Is the Killing of Lions for Pleasure

Why animals are bred to be killed in South Africa 

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cub petting

Big Cats on Breeding Farms

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

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Animal Welfare and Tourism

Selfies taken with bears in chains, on the back of an elephant or petting lion cubs. Animal welfare should not stop on holiday

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tamer and tiger

Wild Animals in Circuses

Animal suffering on tour

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Two lion cubs in Bulgaria

Wild Animals in Zoos

Problem zone - Eastern Europe

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Helping animals in wars and conflict zones

Rapid Response for ANimals

FOUR PAWS helps animals in the face of wars or in conflict zones

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FOUR PAWS team in action

animal rescues

FOUR PAWS helps animals under direct human influence

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the FOUR PAWS BIG CATS SANCTUARIES! Rescued big cats get a chance to live in an environment appropriate to their species. 

FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Our FOUR PAWS rescue sanctuary for big cats in the Netherlands

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LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

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

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Tiger at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

FOUR PAWS provides an animal-friendly sanctuary in Germany

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Picture GalLeries

Here you can see our lions and tigers - happy and pleased in their new home

Lions in care at FOUR PAWS

Lions In Care of FOUR PAWS

Images of the lions in our Big Cat Sanctuaries LIONSROCK and FELIDA 


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Tigers in Care of FOUR PAWS

Tigers in Care of FOUR PAWS

Images of our beautiful rescued tigers at our sanctuaries


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lion lying in the high grass

Spring has arrived in our sanctuaries

The sun is shining and the weather is sweet!


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Puma Tikam

Gallery TIERART

Our wild animal sanctuary in Germany, is an animal-friendly haven for many beautiful animals


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Tiger at LIONSROCK

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