Happy birthday Dehli!
Today we are celebrating a new milestone for our beautiful tigress Dehli! The Bengal tigress was born in 2001 in a necessitous German zoo where she was not suckled by her mother, but by a dog! Later on she came to the Netherlands, but life did not improve much as first: she was locked away in a very small enclosure without enrichment. FOUR PAWS took over the facility in 2014, and named it FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary. We are delighted with her progress since our special care. Today, Dehli is celebrating her 20th birthday! And although we notice she is really becoming a very old tiger lady, she is still living her life to the fullest.
International Lion Day
Happy International Lion Day!
We are happy to be celebrating the 99 rescued lions living in our sanctuaries worldwide. They have all had the good fortune for a second chance in life and keep flourishing at our LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary, FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and in Al Ma`wa for Nature and Wildlife, which we run together with Princess Alia Foundation. All rescued from poor keeping conditions, locked behind bars, and abused for entertainment, but look at them now! They are enjoying life to the fullest.
International Tiger Day
Happy International Tiger Day!
Did you know in the FOUR PAWS sanctuaries LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa, TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary in Germany, and FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary in the Netherlands, we take care of 23 rescued tigers? We are proud to give these rescued big cats a second chance in life in our sanctuaries worldwide. Watch the video to admire these amazing animals!
Ivan-Asen having fun with his enrichment
Our lovely lion Ivan-Asen is having a blast with his enrichment, and we are particularly happy to see this since Ivan is not always that playful. But today he is: a sign that he is happy and relaxed!
Our sanctuaries need support
During the last year, most of the world’s everyday life has changed due to COVID-19 to ensure the safety and well-being of all involved. At the same time, our sanctuaries are missing their major income from visitors and tourists as they had to be closed. They are all a safe haven for rescued animals, providing them with a life-long home in a near-natural habitat. Support our sanctuaries today, and be part of our mission to provide animals in need with a second chance to live the life that was meant for them.
Tribute to lions Masoud and Terez
This video is a tribute to lions Masoud and Terez, who spent their last years at our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary and we know were loved by so many... May these two wonderful big cats rest in peace and their legacy live on!
Dehli is wishing you a good day!
Another day, another enrichment. Tigress Dehli, the oldest animal at our sanctuary, is still enjoying her enrichment!
Bobby is roaring
Did you know that the roar of a lion can be heard 8 kilometers away? Lion Bobby shows you how that’s done!
Dehli enjoys the warmth
The birds are whistling, the sun is shining, the temperature is rising... These are the perfect circumstances for our tiger princess Dehli to enjoy a cooling bath!
This old tiger lady really likes the spring weather (we mean, who doesn’t?!) and we see how much she benefits from the warmth on her body. We love to see her so happy and comfortable!
Ivan-Asen enjoys blood popsicle
He doesn’t like many types of enrichment, but even the picky Ivan-Asen cannot resist a delicious popsicle at our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary.
Lion Lenci 1 year at FELIDA
Lion Lenci was rescued by FOUR PAWS from a private zoo in Albania, that was known as "Zoo from Hell". After his rescue, Lenci came to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary.
Dehli enjoys spring time
Tigress Dehli is the oldest animal in our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary. After the loss of her brother Rhadja, her enclosure was renovated so she will not be surrounded by the lions who are quite intimidating to her without Rhadja by her side. She enjoys the greenery and the new platforms.
FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 2019
This was FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary 2019! It was a memorable year with exciting events like tiger Caruso moving to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa, and the arrival of lions Lenci, Bobby and Zhaku from Albania. We mourn the losses of some of our beloved animals, but every animal that we could save gives us the strength to continue.
In the FOUR PAWS sanctuaries we do a lot of positive reinforcement trainings. These trainings have different goals, like trust-building training, animal transport training and medical training. In this video chief bear keeper Albana Hoti from our BEAR SANCTUARY Prishtina in Kosovo and animal caretaker Erin Liewes from FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary explain more about these important trainings.
Transport of Lenci, Bobby & Zhaku
The lions Lenci, Bobby and Zhaku were rescued by FOUR PAWS from a private zoo in Albania. In May 2019, they made the long journey home. A journey from 3,000 kilometres from Albania to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary in the Netherlands.
Preparations for arrival of 3 new lions
After a long wait, we cannot wait to welcome the lions Lenci, Bobby and Zhaku at our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary. The team has prepared customised enclosures for them.
Enrichment for Rhadja & Dehli
A feel-good video: tigers Rhadja and Dehli enjoy their enrichment at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary.
Help us to urge the Albanian authorities to issue the transfer papers for Lenci, Bobby and Zhaku rescued from “Europe’s Worst Zoo”. We want to finally bring them to our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary, but bureaucratic arbitrariness in Albania is standing in our way.
Oh, what a journey! Caruso was born in a German safari park, hand raised in a circus and dumped at inappropriate conditions in a small centre in the Netherlands. When we took over this centre in 2013, Caruso’s life finally started to change. But he still had a long (medical) journey ahead. The big cat never gave up, and neither did we. We are beyond proud that the once insecure and stressed tiger has grown into the beautiful, brave and secure tiger he is nowadays. When he was ready for the final, last step – the transport to our LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary – this was the icing on the cake.
Flashback: the journey of Masoud & Terez
Masoud and Terez were born into horrible surroundings in Razgrad Zoo, a zoo in Bulgaria which also served as an illegal breeding station. Their mother abandoned them just hours after they were born and if it wasn’t for local activists, who took care of Masoud and Terez, they would have died. Last year, we were able to give the playful lion cubs a second chance at our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary.
Caruso's new chapter in life
In recent years we have brought 14 animals from FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary to LIONSROCK. Now it’s time for 12-year-old Caruso to fly to South Africa. After his rocky start in life, Caruso deserves a spacious and species-appropriate forever home. At our LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary, he will live in an enclosure of approximately one hectare, where he will have the opportunity to run, climb, swim in a big pool or hide behind trees and bushes. Let’s bring Caruso home - please support the journey of this beautiful and confident tiger!
The journey of Ivan-Asen
Ivan-Asen was born into horrible surroundings in Razgrad Zoo, a zoo in Bulgaria which also served as an illegal breeding station. Last year, we were able to give this special but traumatized lion a second chance at our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary.
Bring Ivan-Asen home
Ivan-Asen was kept under terrible conditions at Razgrad Zoo. FOUR PAWS was able to rescue him and temporarily house him at Sofia Zoo where he received emergency treatment. He is now strong enough to be moved to FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary where he will receive all the care he needs.
Masoud & Terez outside for the first time
The two 6-month-old lion cubs Masoud and Terez were released into their very own outdoor enclosure for the first time. Find out how they reacted to their new surroundings at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary in this cute video.
The journey of Sultan & Sayeeda
Finally the time had come: tigers Sultan and Sayeeda arrived at their new home after a long journey. A few months ago, we successfully rescued them from Syria and brought them to a temporary safe place. Now they will receive the proper care to recover from their exhausting past at our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary.