Press Releases

Up-to-date information about LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary and its inhabitants.

      Arrival and release of Sudan Lions to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

      Rescued Sudan lions find new home in South Africa

      FOUR PAWS transfers eleven lions to its LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary 

      Lions and tigers at a farm in South Africa

      Paid Interactions Fuel Exploitative Big Cat Farming in South Africa

      FOUR PAWS warns of tourist attractions that cruelly profit off big cats

      Romana Kőnigsbrun (Austrian Ambassador to SA), Carsten Hertwig (Director FOUR PAWS Sustainable Sanctuaries), Josef Pfabigan (CEO of FOUR PAWS), Hildegard Pirker (Sanctuary Manager: LIONSROCK), and Fiona Miles (Director: FOUR PAWS South Africa) reopen LIONSROCK accomodation in Bethlehem in South Africa

      New look LIONSROCK rocks ethical vision

      LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in the Free State has undergone a transformation and was officially re-opened on Friday 6 January

      #GoldenPride Release

      FOUR PAWS takes over ten lions after non-compliance

      Animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS takes over ten lions from provincial authorities after a compliance notice was issued to a Gauteng breeding facility


      Lion cub-petting study finds alarming welfare concerns in animal tourism industry

      First-of-its-kind study, published in Animals, analyses YouTube videos to substantiate stress behaviours from lion cubs handled by tourists seeking the “Simba effect”


      Romanian five doing well in bigger enclosure

      Almost two months after they arrived to spend the rest of their lives in species-appropriate care under the African sun, the five Romanian lions at FOUR PAWS LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary, are adapting well in their new three hectares enclosure

      Lioness Geena arrives at LIONSROCK

      Five lions rescued from Romania last year arrive at South African forever home

      Former owner keeps exploiting rescued lions’ parents and one-year-old cub

      LIONSROCK Vet Christine Steyrer

      World Veterinary Day 30 April

      Specialist big cat vet builds 24/7-resilience up by being fit and inspired

      Argentinian Train Tigers arriving at LIONSROCK

      From Argentina to South Africa: ‘Train Tigers’ Feel Grass Under Their Paws for the First Time

      FOUR PAWS transfers­ four rescued tigers to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary 


      Bloem tigers celebrate 1 year at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

      Two tigers rescued, amongst many other animals, from the Bloemfontein Zoo in 2020 celebrated their one-year anniversary at the LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary, a project by the global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS.


      How South Africa’s captive big cat breeding industry is exploiting animals AND people

      The industry of abuse has allowed animal suffering to proliferate to alarming levels.


      Full circle as two lions return home to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

      Uhuru and Jua were purchased in 2006 and saved from the canned hunting industry 


      SATSA releases a solid set of home-grown captive wildlife interaction guidelines

      Media statement by the coalition to stop captive breeding and keeping of lions and other big cats for commercial purposes (the coalition) 


      Reclassification of 33 wild mammal species under the Animal Improvement Act

      Media statement by the coalition to stop captive breeding and keeping of lions and other big cats for commercial purposes.


      Rescued German tigers arrive at big cat sanctuary in South Africa

      FOUR PAWS relocates two tiger trade victims from its big cat centre TIERART to LIONSROCK


      10000 cinemagoers watched a movie and saved a lion

      Nu Metro raised over R50 000 for FOUR PAWS Animal Welfare Foundation

      Gaza Strip rescue mission

      FOUR PAWS Rescues 47 Zoo Animals from the Gaza Strip

      The animals are taken to sanctuaries in Jordan and South Africa

      Tiger Caruso finds his happy ending at LIONSROCK

      Tiger Caruso Finds his Happy Ending at LIONSROCK

      FOUR PAWS transfers cruelly traded tiger from Netherlands to South Africa


      War lions from Iraq and Syria find new home in South Africa

      War lions from Iraq and Syria find new home in South Africa

      Image of tourists being photographed with tiger

      Holiday season and animal welfare

      Many holiday attractions are connected to animal suffering.

      Tiger Laziz being released into his enclosure

      Laziz can finally be a proud tiger

      He had to vegetate in a small concrete cage in Khan Younis Zoo in Gaza, the “worst zoo in the world”. Now, thanks to FOUR PAWS, tiger Laziz can really enjoy a World Animal Welfare Day for the first time in his life. What a difference!

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