Lions Ellie (front), Vincent (left), Roman (right) and Dolf (back)

Lions Roman, Vincent, Dolf, Ellie & Geena 

From sadness to safety


The siblings Roman, Vincent, Dolf, Ellie and Geena were born in private keeping in Romania before they were, together with their two older siblings Elza and Simba, rescued by FOUR PAWS

Change the future

When Simba, the older brother, reached the news after he was exploited in a videoclip, FOUR PAWS worked hard to change the future of the lions found in private keeping in Picior de Munte, Romania. Long negotiations and intensive preparations led to the actual rescue in the fall of 2021. 


On the 1st of October, all seven siblings arrived at FELIDA. After the release it became clear pretty soon that although the five youngest siblings come from the same litter, each animal is very different and therefore needs a different treatment plan. Get to know Roman, Vincent, Dolf, Ellie and Geena:



Lion Roman

He is very playful and curious! 
Roman is the lion who explores the most and dares to investigate new things. Also he is impatiently waiting to greet his caretakers when they are approaching. Roman is developing himself as the big leader of the pride.




Lion Vincent

Vincent is a happy lion in the prime of his life. He can be found often together with Roman. He is very eager during feeding time and we can see this in his weight: he is a bit too fat. At FELIDA, he receives a tailor-made diet.




Lion Dolf

He is the most shy one of the younger siblings. 
Dolf is the smallest male and last in ranking. He is most sensitive to changes and life in captivity. Therefore our team is busy to build up a trust relationship with him. 




Lioness Ellie

She is naughty and curious!
Ellie is a beautiful young lioness that loves to play with enrichment and her siblings. She looks a lot like her sister Geena, but is a bit bigger and also slightly more dominant.





Lioness Geena

She follows her sisters lead.
And with that, Geena is just as naughty and curious. The gorgeous lady feeld completely relaxed with her brothers and sister and loves to play a lot.



Roman, Vincent, Dolf, Ellie and Geena, used to live together before we rescued them. However, since they are close to reaching sexual maturity and we want to avoid offspring – because they are related, but also since FOUR PAWS has a strict non-breeding policy to avoid more wild animals in captivity – we separated them since their arrival to take proper measures. Now that Ellie and Geena have recovered from their laparoscopic castrations, it was time to reunite them!

Because Dolf is the most submissive of the group, we gave him a head start by reintroducing him with his sisters first. This went well, so Roman and Vincent were soon allowed to follow. 

Since the siblings are getting mature, we also see the dynamics changing. Roman is developing himself more and more as the big leader of the group. Dolf on the other hand, is last in ranking. This is not necessarily a bad thing: they have to find their way of living together in a peaceful way. We do however keep a strict eye on all of them to ensure they get the tailor-made care they need. 

Living in paradise

The 5 young lions Roman, Vincent, Dolf, Ellie and Geena had outgrown FELIDA. Thanks to their youth, health and high energy level , they no longer required special care but as much space and freedom as possible. On the 10th of August the Quintuplets made the big trip to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary. The siblings are now living their best life while having lots of space to run around and play. We could not be more proud and are beyond happy to see that they are home at last.

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Facts about the siblings

  • Born in Romania on 1 July 2019
  • Younger siblings of Elza and Simba
  • Very different in characters but they all get along very well
  • They moved to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in August 2022

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