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Six lions to start a better life in LIONSROCK


Update, 2014-07-03 afternoon - The lions have moved into their new homes

Early afternoon the rescued lions, formerly living in zoos or circuses, were released into their new, species-appropriate home in the FOUR PAWS Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK in South Africa.

Sometimes, a look says more than a thousand words.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

The six lions Gypsy, Simba, Nora, Neida, Pregan and Kongo will stay in the FOUR PAWS Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK for the rest of their lives.

FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile
© Kongo is slowly daring to take the first steps into his new home.

In 2006, FOUR PAWS decided to take over the existing park LIONSROCK in the Republic of South Africa. Massive structural changes had to be made to the area to bring up to FOUR PAWS´ rigorous quality standards. Today LIONSROCK is a lifelong home for rescued big cats. Each animal is living in huge enclosures - at least one hectare of size - in which freedom of movement is provided.

Finally: A huge jump into a species-appropriate life.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Despite the long journey to South Africa the lions were in good physical conditions when they arrived at LIONSROCK. The FOUR PAWS and LIONSROCK employees were looking forward to their six newcomers and could not resist to catch this moment for eternity with their cameras.

The new stars of LIONSROCK have just arrived.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

FOUR PAWS founder Heli Dungler did not miss the chance to travel to South Africa as well to welcome the six lions into their new homes.

FOUR PAWS founder Heli Dungler is watching Kongo's first steps closely.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

After several steps into their big enclosures, you could already see that the lions, formerly held in zoos or circuses, were comfortable with their new homes.

After the long flight some exercise is just perfect.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Update, 2014-07-03 - The lions have safely arrived in South Africa 


Yesterday evening our six lions arrived safely on the International Airport of Johannesburg, South Africa. Despite of the long and exhausting journey, all of them are in good physical condition. They continued their trip to our Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK yesterday evening, where they will be released today. Then, Simba, Gypsy, Neida, Nora, Pregan and Kongo will start into their new life as a lion in our Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK, where they will stay for the rest of their lives.

Update, 2014-07-02 - Six lions on their way to LIONSROCK


Last year FOUR PAWS was asked for help for the Dutch big cat rescue centre FELIDA. The facility was much too small for the big cats living there and in a rather desolate state in general. With the help of our donors, the living conditions for the animals could not only be improved considerably, six big cats are able to leave for their journey to the FOUR PAWS Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK in South Africa.

It seems like Kongo is already awaiting his new life in South Africa.
© FOUR PAWS | Karen Jansen

Departure into a new life

The transfer is not quite easy.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Simba, Gypsy, Kongo, Neida, Nora and Pregan, either rescued from zoos or circuses, will soon be able to start their new lives in LIONSROCK. There they will realize for the first time of their lives what a lion’s life is about orginally. They will find a lifelong, new home in huge enclosures in our sanctuary LIONSROCK.

Flight to Johannesburg

Early bird-flight to Johannesburg.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Our six big cats Simba, Gypsy, Kongo, Neida, Nora and Pregan have left FELIDA to start their journey to South Africa on July 2nd. After some final vet checks, the lions have departured from Shipol International Airport in Amsterdam to Johannesburg, where they are expected to arrive in the evening. In between, some goods news: The big cats are all in good physical condition.

LIONSROCK – a lifelonge home for big cats

After extensive research in various countries, FOUR PAWS decided to take over an already existing park in the Republic of South Africa for its future big cat sanctuary. LIONSROCK, which is named after the imposing rock formation in the centre of the park, has been home for over 90 big cats from all over the world, which have been living in huge enclosures, each on hectare in size. Now, the FOUR PAWS and LIONSROCK teams are looking forward to the arrival of six further lions, which will be provided a lifelong home without fear and torture in the FOUR PAWS Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK.

The FOUR PAWS Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK in South Africa.
© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile