There are currently 25 tigers at FOUR PAWS big cat sanctuaries in South Africa, Germany and the Netherlands. All have been rescued from poor keeping facilities, be this zoos or private keeping, and sadly due to the experiences with humans, none can be released into the wild. However they do now have a second chance at life and via the care from our teams of expert keepers and vet staff, are able to finally offer enjoy species appropriate care free from suffering.
The 20 tigers in South Africa live on our big cat sanctuary called LIONSROCK which is set in 100 hectares of land that is also home to 75 lions and three leopards. This is the largest big cat sanctuary and most recently (end of June) saw the arrival of Jade and Jasper who were transferred from Seaview Predator Park. Sadly this duo made the news last month after eight-year-old Jasper was able to escape his enclosure and kill an employee of the park as well as another tiger, all whilst in pursuit of female tiger Jade. The case highlighted the failings of the park and in cooperation with The Aspinall Foundation both tigers were moved 1,000km and were released into LIONSROCK.
Across the globe in the Netherlands is another of our big cat sanctuaries, FELIDA. Whilst smaller in size than LIONSROCK the quality of care is still second to none. Many of the big cats here require intensive and specialised care and if they are deemed strong enough, physically and mentally, may be transferred to South Africa, but for the one tiger and five lions on site this is home.
Whilst LIONSROCK and FELIDA specalise in big cat care at our German sanctuary TIERART there are tigers, pumas, raccoons, foxes, deer and much more than call it home. But for many of the smaller wildlife this is a rehabilitation facility and so far over 80 animals have been released into the wild again.
No matter which of our big cat sanctuaries a tiger finds itself, one thing is consistent, the level of care and the species-appropriate enclosures. The animals in our care have come suffered endlessly at the hands of humans and now we offer them protection, care and most importantly respect.
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