Big Cat Centre FELIDA is one of our wild animal sanctuaries. This small sanctuary in the Netherlands specialises in the intensive and specialised care for traumatised big cats. Some animals need lifelong special care at the centre while other animals might recover from their trauma with the individual care they receive at FELIDA. If big cats get strong and healthy enough, both physically and mentally, a transfer to Big Cat Sanctuary LIONSROCK, our large sanctuary in South Africa, will be considered.
FELIDA provides a safe home to big cats, such as tigers and lions (Currently 1 tiger and 5 lions). These animals come from a number of backgrounds like circuses, private keeping and war-torn zoos and often had a difficult start in life. In FELIDA they receive the specialised care to help them overcome their difficult pasts.
Big Cat Centre FELIDA was founded in 2014, after FOUR PAWS International took over an existing ailing big cat rescue centre. Due to financial problems and severe overdue maintenance, FOUR PAWS was requested for help in 2013, which lead to a complete takeover of the centre.
The facility is located in Nijeberkoop, a small village in the Northern part of the Netherlands. Since the takeover a lot has happened and the facilities and animal care were strongly improved. FOUR PAWS transferred 15 big cats (7 lions, 7 tigers and 1 leopard) from FELIDA to LIONSROCK. FELIDA provides intensive care to traumatised big cats with special needs and works towards further developments to strengthen this role for the future.