help for big cats

Thousands of big cats live in very poor conditions in circuses, zoos, and private ownership all across the world today. Uncontrolled breeding causes "surplus" animals that either end up dead or traded to unsuitable places.

FOUR PAWS believes that big cats should not be kept as pets or for entertainment. These wild animals suffer in captivity under inadequate keeping conditions including lack of expert care, frequent traveling, harsh training and intensive interaction with humans. 

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. Our big cat sanctuaries and centers offer rescued big cats a species-appropriate home.

two lions

Big cats in zoos

Animal suffering on display

two lions - canned hunting

Canned Lion Hunting

Born to be killed: lion hunting in South Africa

young lion

Wild Animals Are Not Pets

Species-appropriate keeping is impossible from an animal welfare standpoint



Volunteer at our Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

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our big Cat sanctuaries & Rescue Centers

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

Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK

A species-appropriate home for more than 100 rescued animals

Geretteter Tiger aus Syrien genießt die Abendsonne in FELIDA

FELIDA Big Cat Centre

An intensive care rescue center for big cats


Big Cat Centre TIERART

An animal-friendly sanctuary of all shapes and sizes!



Stories about our rescued big cats.

Rescue Ivan-Asen

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


Rescue Masoud and Terez

Two Bulgarian lion cubs find a new home in our Big Cat Centre FELIDA