big cats

After the tiger, the lion is the second-largest cat 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 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 Facts

How much do you know about this powerful feline predator?


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.  


It’s closer than you think! 

two lions

Big cats in zoos

Problem zone - eastern Europe

two lions - canned hunting

Canned Lion Hunting

Born to be killed: lion hunting in South Africa

tamer and tiger

Wild Animals in Circuses

Animal suffering on tour


animal rescues

FOUR PAWS helps animals under direct human influence

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Find out more about

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

Tiger saved in Syria in the sun

Big Cat Centre FELIDA

Our FOUR PAWS rescue centre for big cats in the Netherlands


Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

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


Big Cat Centre TIERART

FOUR PAWS provides an animal-friendly sanctuary in Germany


Picture GalLeries

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

Lions in Care of FOUR PAWS

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


Tigers in Care of FOUR PAWS

Images of the tigers in our Big Cat SANCTUARIES LIONSROCK, TIERART and FELIDA