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FELIDA - Our Big Cat Rescue Center

Big Cat Rescue Center in the Netherlands

FELIDA is a FOUR PAWS big cat rescue center located in the Dutch village of Nijeberkoop. FELIDA provides temporary and permanent accommodations for big cats that suffered in circuses, badly-run zoos, or inadequate private keeping. FELIDA serves as both a transit station for big cats awaiting transfer to the FOUR PAWS Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK in South Africa, while also providing a permanent home for animals that cannot be transferred due to their age or health. At FELIDA, natural behavior is facilitated through enrichment and the highest standards of medical care and nourishment are provided. 


The center was originally founded in 1992 as "Stichting Pantera", but for various reasons the center lacked proper maintenance for several years. In October 2013, FOUR PAWS took over the center and started implementing necessary changes to improve the animal welfare situation for the 26 big cats living there at that time. Many of those big cats are now living at LIONSROCK. There are currently 6 tigers living at FELIDA, along with a Bengal leopard cat.