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Six lions on their way to 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. 


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

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 it up to FOUR PAWS´ rigorous quality standards. Today, LIONSROCK is a lifelong home for rescued big cats. Each animal lives in a huge enclosure - several hectares in size - where they can enjoy the freedom of movement their nature requires.

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 condition when they arrived at LIONSROCK. The FOUR PAWS and LIONSROCK employees were looking forward to their six newcomers and could not resist catching the moment 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. 

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

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


Yesterday evening our six lions arrived safely at the International Airport of Johannesburg, South Africa. Despite 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 to start the rest of their new life, safe and sound in a natural habitat without bars under the blue sky.


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


Last year FOUR PAWS was asked to help the big cat rescue centre FELIDA, in Holland. 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, FOUR PAWS has been able to considerably improve the living conditions for the animals, and now, six big cats from FELIDA have been able to start 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

The six big cats, Simba, Gypsy, Kongo, Neida, Nora and Pregan, who were either rescued from zoos or circuses, will soon be able to start their new lives in LIONSROCK, where they will experience what a lion’s life really should be about for the first time in their lives. There they will find a new, lifelong home in the huge LIONSROCK enclosures.


Flight to Johannesburg

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

After some final vet checks, the lions departed from FELIDA, making their way tp Shipol International Airport to begin their lifechanging journey to Johannesburg. The big cats are all in good physical condition and are expected to arrive later this evening.

LIONSROCK – a lifelong home for big cats

After extensive research in various countries, FOUR PAWS decided to take over an  existing park in South Africa and turn it into a big cat sanctuary. LIONSROCK, which is named after the imposing rock formation in the centre of the park, has been home to over 90 big cats from all over the world, which have been living in huge enclosures, each several hectares in size. Now, the FOUR PAWS and LIONSROCK teams are looking forward for the arrival of the six further lions, who will be provided with 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

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