big cats

After the tiger, the lion is the second-largest cat and are the only representatives of this family to live and hunt in a pack. Tigers, on the other hand, are usually solitary. Their striking striped markings make them unique – and provide surprisingly perfect camouflage in the undergrowth.    

FOUR PAWS is committed to helping lions, tigers and other big cats worldwide. 

the suffering of big cats and what we are doing to end it

FOUR PAWS is lobbying to alter legislation and achieve lasting change for the better. We also rescue lions and tigers kept in bad conditions in captivity.  

Petting of white tiger cub

Barely Wild

Inside the big cat farming industry for tourism

two lions - canned hunting

Canned Lion Hunting

Born to be killed: lion hunting in South Africa


animal rescues

FOUR PAWS helps animals under direct human influence

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the FOUR PAWS BIG CATS SANCTUARIES! Rescued big cats get a chance to live in an environment appropriate to their species. 

Tigress Dehli at FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

FELIDA Big Cat Sanctuary

Our FOUR PAWS wild animal project in the Netherlands since 2014

Lioness Neida at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

A FOUR PAWS sanctuary in South Africa since 2006

Tigress Varvara at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

A cooperation between FOUR PAWS and TIERART e.V. in Germany since 2013