The team behind the scenes of FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary - get to know us!
At FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary we work with a permanent, specialised team consisting of Simone Schuls, Juno van Zon, Erin Timmer, Afien Groenhof-Westra, Kim Schrotenboer and Tess Kroon. Get to know us!
Simone is the Sanctuary Manager of FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and works for FOUR PAWS since June 2014.
"How we treat animals also says something about our civilization. Sharing our work with as many people as possible creates a conversation about animal welfare and how we want to treat the world and its animals. The animals at FELIDA deserve a second chance like no other!"
Juno van Zon
Juno van Zon is the Head of Animal & Facility Management of FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and works for FOUR PAWS since November 2014.
In addition to working at FELIDA, Juno is also a member of the FOUR PAWS 'Rapid Response team' that is equipped to help animals in the face of wars or conflict zones.
"The fact that we, as an organisation, provide special care to rescued animals and at the same time develop new projects for animals in need, gives me the drive to continue this important work."
Erin Timmer is Animal Caretaker at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and works for FOUR PAWS since June 2014.
"I love to see the progress of our big cats. How they, after their rescue, regain their confidence, how they enjoy the training and enrichment we provide to them and simply how they enjoy life again."
Afien Groenhof-Westra is Animal Caretaker at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and works for FOUR PAWS since June 2017.
"I enjoy seeing the progress of our rescued animals by doing daily observations and training. It's amazing to be part of the amazing recoveries they go through."
Kim Schrotenboer is Animal Caretaker at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and works for FOUR PAWS since October 2021.
"The transformations of the big cats at FELIDA, show how essential and effective this work is. This motivates me every day to fully dedicate myself to the welfare of the animals. That makes that I enjoy all parts of the work: from cleaning the enclosures to creating enrichment!"
Tess Kroon is Communication and Hospitality Coordinator at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and works for FOUR PAWS since February 2022.
"It is important to tell the stories of our rescued animals. Every animal at FELIDA has a unique background and I am honored to share these with the world."