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FOUR PAWS believes that big cats should not be kept as pets or for entertainment, as these wild animals suffer in captivity under inadequate keeping conditions including lack of expert care, frequent travelling, training and intensive interaction with humans. Unfortunately, thousands of big cats still live under very poor conditions in circuses, zoos and private ownership. Uncontrolled breeding causes ‘surplus’ animals that either end up dead or (illegally) traded to unsuitable places.

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.

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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Lion in South Africa

Trophy Hunting is the Killing of an Animal for Sport or Pleasure

Why lions are born to be killed in South Africa 

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#RuthlessTrade

It’s closer than you think! 

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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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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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our Big cat sanctuaries

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

Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

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

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Big Cat Centre TIERART

FOUR PAWS provides an animal-friendly sanctuary in Germany

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Big Cat Centre FELIDA

Big Cat Centre FELIDA

Our FOUR PAWS rescue centre for big cats in the Netherlands

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Meet some of our rescued big cats

Lion Ivan-Asen in FELDIA 2018

Rescue Ivan-Asen

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


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Lion Lenci in FELIDA

Rescue Lenci

This lion is a true fighter: his story from 'Europe's worst zoo' to a happy life


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Tiger Caruso

Rescue Caruso

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


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Lion at LIONSROCK

Rescue Motan and Pisa

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


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