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South Africa, Bethlehem | 2021 10 02 | FOUR PAWS South Africa takes part in a vaccination drive in the community of Bohlokong in the Free State in South Africa

FOUR PAWS urges public to take precautions as NICD confirms ten human rabies cases in South Africa

Today marks the day of global advocacy and awareness for one of the world’s deadliest viruses, rabies, which is still prevalent in South Africa

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FOUR PAWS LAUNCHES DIGITAL ANIMAL FRIENDLY TRAVEL GUIDE

FOUR PAWS South Africa launches digital animal friendly travel guide on World Tourism Day

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Lions Samson and Tom inspecting their new enclosure

Survey shows South Africans want better legislative protection for all big cat species 

More than 90% of South African say big cats should be better protected by the country’s laws and regulations.

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World Farm Animals Day: SA should ring in the reforms

World Farm Animals Day, bringing awareness to the mistreatment of farm animals.


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Hyena Phiri at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary, South Africa

Hyena Phiri

Visitors find a whooping surprise among the more than 70 lions, 23 tigers and three leopards.


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outh Africa, Bethlehem | 2021 10 02 | FOUR PAWS South Africa takes part in a vaccination drive in the community of Bohlokong in the Free State in South Africa

FOUR PAWS urges public to take precautions as NICD confirms ten human rabies cases in South Africa

Today marks the day of global advocacy and awareness for one of the world’s deadliest viruses, rabies, which is still prevalent in South Africa. 


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South Africa, Bethlehem | 2022 02 12 | LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary accommodation general tourism image

FOUR PAWS launches digital animal friendly travel guide

FOUR PAWS South Africa launches digital animal friendly travel guide on World Tourism Day.   


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Poland | 2022 03 | Mink Farm in Poland.

Documentary exposes animal welfare horrors of the fashion industry

A review by Elize Parker, Public Relations Officer for FOUR PAWS in South Africa on the the globally premiered documentary, SLAY. 


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A veterinary team supported by the PDSA and FOUR PAWS successfully took on the arid landscape near Bitterfontein in Namaqualand to sterilise more than 150 animals

Vet and PDSA take hands with FOUR PAWS in successful spay drive

A veterinary team supported by the PDSA and FOUR PAWS successfully took on the arid landscape near Bitterfontein in Namaqualand to sterilise more than 150 animals


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South Africa | 2007 03 - 2021 10 | Investigation into the big cat captive breeding in South Africa.

Animal welfare organisation responds to Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s White Paper

In response to the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment’s White Paper, FOUR PAWS says, all big cats in captivity deserve a better deal 


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Travel Kind

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7 lions in desperate need

FOUR PAWS outlines recommendations to South Africa’s Draft White Paper

FOUR PAWS welcomes Minister Creecy’s and the Department for Forestry, Fisheries and Environment for taking the progressive steps held within the White Paper.


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A lion kept in a small cage at a South African lion farm where 30 lions were euthanized after being burned in a fire.

Screening of hard-hitting documentary alarms parliamentarians

The Wildlife documentary, Lions, Bones and Bullets, has shocked South African parliamentarians at a screening prior to international release.


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Investigation into the big cat captive breeding in South Africa.

Big cats: the thin line between legal and illegal trade

Blog by Ruxandra Cracea, Wildlife Trade Campaigner, FOUR PAWS International


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Landscape and wildlife at LIONSROCK

Arbor Day tree plan, a roaring success

Focusing on the country’s "champion trees"


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Braila Group at LIONSROCK

Lion Task Team Nomination

South Africa’s Department for Environment has announced it will establish a Ministerial Task Team to work on the phase out of the captive lion breeding industry.  


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Lioness Geena arrives at LIONSROCK

Five lions rescued from Romania last year arrive at South African forever home

Former owner keeps exploiting rescued lions’ parents and one-year-old cub


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Lions Geena (left), Vincent (middle) and Roman (right)

The Journey of the Quintuplets

From Sadness to Special Care to South Africa 


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Fiona Miles, Director of FOUR PAWS in South Africa

Fiona Miles gives a voice to forgotten big cats and animals under human influence

World Lion Day is celebrated on August 10th. Director of FOUR PAWS in South Africa, Fiona Miles’ wish for this day is to see the protection for lions and all big cats fully restored and that one day they will only be seen in the wild.


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Ginny posing in front of sunflowers

Man’s best friend: Three trends influencing this relationship

A new kind of friendship is developing between people and dogs, as millennial dog owners become green consumers and dogwalkers


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Images of former President Nelson Mandela and his dog Gompo

Gear up for the Mandela Day Gompo Challenge!

9 Ways to #LiveKinder alongside man’s best friend this Mandela Day


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Startlight Tigers laying on the grass relaxing

Starlight Tiger Spotting … It is a real art!

Two FOUR PAWS Cape Town staff members get a lesson in tiger identification at our true sanctuary, LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary. 


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Tiger Mafalda of the Train Tigers at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in Bethlehem in South Africa.

A next step in train tiger Mafalda's journey

Teamwork at LIONSROCK as train tiger Mafalda leaves her enclosure for a clinic visit


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 View of the tiger unit at LIONSROCK

How our big cats cope in the cold

A look at a day in the life of the lions and tigers living at our True Sanctuary in the Free State during winter. 


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Staying Ethically Trendy This Midwinter

The golden rules to staying ethically trendy with your fashion shopping this midwinter


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#WearitKind Model with shopping bag

How to shop kind to #WearitKind

The Do’s and Don’ts of shopping kinder to #WearitKind


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Dog between people in the office

Who let the dogs in?

The A-to-Z of getting the office ready for Take Your Dog To Work Day


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Tigers and lions behind a fence

CITES CoP19: The conference deciding the future of big cats

Blog by Vanessa Amoroso, Head of Wild Animals in Trade at FOUR PAWS International


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LIONSROCK Dogs on back of bakkie

Celebrating Rescue Dog Day 2022

Bringing with it a promise of love, friendship, and kindness 


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Pride of lions at LIONSROCK

LIONSROCK family groupings so happy together

UN General Assembly proclaims 15 May, International Day of Families  


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#TrainTigers

Stuck in a train carriage for 15 years


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Bears in Ukraine

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The Atlas Challenge

The FOUR PAWS meat reduction ranking


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New study: Pandemic leads to increased demand for compassion in fashion

FOUR PAWS reveals that almost 90 per cent want fashion industry to prioritise animal welfare


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Lion Juba

#BreakTheViciousCycle

FOUR PAWS is fighting to ban the commercial trade of ALL big cats in South Africa.


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Stuck in a train carriage for 15 years

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Rescue Shevar and Sharukh

Rescue Shevar and Sharukh

Home at LIONSROCK after Emergency Rescue

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Rescue Caruso

This beautiful tiger moved from our FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary to LIONSROCK in March this year.

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Rescue Motan and Pisa

Motan and Pisa have settled in incredibly well at our project LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary & Lodge! 

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Bears in Vietnam

Rescue Lili, Lulu and Lac

The impromptu rescue of three nameless Asiatic black bears 

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Bear Andri in Prishtina

Rescue Andri

FOUR PAWS rescues orphaned bear cub from basement

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Bears in Vietnam

Rescue Keo, Lim, Dieu, San and Khoai Lang

Five bears rescued from agonising conditions in Vietnam

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