About us

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary is a project by the global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS and is home to over 100 big cats rescued from around the world. Here they are protected for the rest of their lives in a species-appropriate environment. 

Just 18km outside Bethlehem (Free State), LIONSROCK is conveniently situated approximately 2 - 3 hours from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban.

Meet the Team

A strong team looks after the welfare of our big cats and our guests.

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A Lifelong Home for Big Cats

As part of FOUR PAWS’ work for wild animals in captivity, we focus on the situation of Big Cats in zoos, private captivity and the entertainment industry

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Special activities

At LIONSROCK we have many great activities for you to enjoy. 

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Lions feeding

A species-appropriate home for more than 100 animals – mainly big cats rescued from zoos, private captivity or the entertainment industry.

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How to get there

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary is easy to access

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Lion at LIONSROCK

Contact & visits

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Tiger Jill at TIERART

About FOUR PAWS

Animal Welfare. Worldwide.

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Tigeress Jill at TIERART

Sanctuaries and Cooperation Projects of FOUR PAWS

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Helmut Dungler with his dog

Heli Dungler

* 18 November 1963 in Waidhofen an der Thaya (Austria) 
† 5 January 2020 in Bethlehem (South Africa)

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LIONSROCK

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Lion at LIONSROCK

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