help for big cats

Thousands of big cats live in very poor conditions in circuses, zoos, and private ownership all across the world today. Uncontrolled breeding causes "surplus" animals that either end up dead or traded to unsuitable places.

FOUR PAWS believes that big cats should not be kept as pets or for entertainment. These wild animals suffer in captivity under inadequate keeping conditions including lack of expert care, frequent traveling, harsh training and intensive interaction with humans. 

FOUR PAWS calls for the improvement of legal standards regarding keeping conditions in certified zoological facilities and sanctuaries and demands a ban on other forms of captivity. Devising solutions for unwanted and illegally kept big cats plays a crucial role in our work. Our big cat sanctuaries and centers offer rescued big cats a species-appropriate home.

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Take Action for Big Cats

Time to end the exploitation of big cats in the U.S.


Year of the Tiger?

An investigative report into the big cat farming in South Africa and the need for international action

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Tiger King – everyone is watching, no one is acting

The truth behind Joe Exotic and Tiger King season 2 on Netflix!

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Big Cat Rescue

How FOUR PAWS undertakes big cat rescues and provides lifelong care at our big cat sanctuaries 

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Big cats in zoos

Animal suffering on display

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Big Cats in South Africa

Our fight to ban the commercial trade of ALL big cats in South Africa

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Captive Breeding For Exterior Traits

Commercial interests disguised as species protection

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Canned Lion Hunting

Born to be killed: lion hunting in South Africa

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Trophy Hunting

Killing and displaying wild animals as trophies

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Wild Animals in Entertainment

Animal abuse for entertainment is still happening throughout the world


Tiger Trade

More tigers live in captivity than are left in the wild


10 Facts About Big Cats

How much do you know about these powerful feline predators? 


our big Cat sanctuaries & Rescue Centers

We provide species-appropriate homes for rescued big cats all over the world.

Lioness Neida at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

A FOUR PAWS project in South Africa since 2006

Tigress Dehli at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Our FOUR PAWS wild animal project in the Netherlands since 2014

Tigress Varvara at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

A cooperation between FOUR PAWS and Tierart e.V. in Germany since 2013



Stories about our rescued big cats.

Lion Ivan-Asen in FELDIA 2018

Rescue Ivan-Asen

Rescued from a zoo in Bulgaria and brought to our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Lions Masoud and Terez

Rescue Masoud and Terez

Two Bulgarian lion cubs find a new home in our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary