The LIONSROCK Park
In South Africa there are many big cats which are waiting for an appropriate accommodation. In order to help trophy hunters to a fast success, these lions are held in very small enclosures without any retreat possibilities, where they often vegetate until they are being sold for hunts. Animal protectors in the whole world have been striving to put an end to this cruel canned hunting for some time. Since the animals grew up with humans and are already accustomed to humans, they cannot be released into the wild anymore.
After extensive research in various countries FOUR PAWS decided to take over an already existing park in the republic of South Africa. In the centre of the area there is a prominent rock called „LIONSROCK" after which the new big cats’ hideaway will be named.
On this approximately 1,250 ha area, close to the city of Bethlehem, north of Lesotho, some lions of different age and a tiger are living beside zebras, gnus, horses and antelopes. Although the park offers ideal conditions concerning its location, the area structure as well as water supply, its current standard does not meet by far the requirements of FOUR PAWS regarding appropriate big cat husbandry. Before the first „new“ animals can be moved to LIONSROCK, the infrastructure of the park has to be brought to a standard which corresponds to other FOUR PAWS projects as it is the case, for instance, at the BAERENWALD Arbesbach, Austria, or the DANCING BEAR PARK Belitsa, Bulgaria. This challenging process we can only accomplish with the help of our donors.