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TIERART & Our Big Cat Center

FOUR PAWS has for many years been committed to rescuing big cats from poor conditions, such as in circuses, inadequate private keeping, and badly-run zoos. We are delighted whenever we can give an animal a new, brighter future in one of our big cats centers. FOUR PAWS demands changes in legislation to further protect big cats and bring an end to their mistreatment in captivity, but at the same time is committed to providing concrete solutions to these issues though our big cats rescue stations. 


Our big cat center at TIERART provides formerly captive big cats, rescued from circuses, bad zoos, and private keeping, a species-appropriate home much closer to that which they would experience in the wild. FOUR PAWS funded the construction of the center at TIERART and is responsible for the care and maintenance of the animals. The center's big cat enclosures cover more than 24,000 square feet and currently accommodate four rescued tigers. Construction of more big cat enclosures are planned for the future. TIERART as a whole covers more than 30 acres and, aside from our big cat rescue center, serves as a rehabilitation center for native wildlife species. 

© FOUR PAWS | Christopher Koch

© FOUR PAWS | Christopher Koch

FOUR PAWS brings Cara to the big cats centre in TIERART, Germany

Tigress Cara has moved for the second time in her life. She was originally seized from illegal private keeping in Italy and was then brought to the new big cats centre on August 1 by FOUR PAWS. Cara’s new enclosure offers 800 square meters, a private swimming pool, climbing, and above all new acquaintances. Cara can interact with other young tigers that are living in the neighbouring enclosure, and might be possibly socialised later. In July 2014, Cara was taken into the care of FOUR PAWS after being seized in Italy, and has spent the time since then at the Ruesselsheim shelter in Germany, where she was lovingly nursed in the past few months.

Finally Cara feels releaxed in her new enclosure.
© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Founder and president of FOUR PAWS, Heli Dungler, said that he was very pleased about the new big cats station:

"With our big cats center in Maßweiler and the FOUR PAWS big cats centers in South Africa and the Netherlands, we offer emergency aid for those animals that cannot wait for the slow wheels of legislation. Recently we welcomed the first animals - three tigers from central and southern Germany – which have been safely moved into our station where they can finally live a real Tiger life and swim in their pools, climb trees or sunbathe on the large sandstones ."

f..l. major Thomas Peifer, TIERART chairwoman Roswitha Bour, VIER PFOTEN founder und president Heli Dungler, major Herbert Semmet
© VIER PFOTEN | 2015