Bloem tigers celebrate 1 year at LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

Two tigers rescued, amongst many other animals, from the Bloemfontein Zoo in 2020 celebrated their one-year anniversary at the LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary, a project by the global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS.


Shevar and Sharukh have adapted well in their new environment and settled in amongst other rescued tigers as their neighbours. Various animals were rescued after the zoo was shut due to permit violations regarding the housing of protected species. In Desember 2019 the Manguang municipality guaranteed that the animals’ health and well-being wouldn’t be compromised, however, an inspection by the local SPCA prompted the permanent closure and relocation of the animals in March 2020.

Prior to the rescue at the Bloemfontein Zoo, at least five animals were discovered starved to death. The animals who managed to survive at the time also showed lack of energy due to starvation.

At LIONSROCK, Shevar and Sharukh receive regular sensory enrichment to stimulate their natural instincts.

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary is a safe haven to more than 100 rescued big cats from substandard zoos, private keeping and war zones across the globe.

“As an organisation we strive to protect animals under direct human influence. With the Bloemfontein tiger brothers, we supported along with many other organisations the relocation of these animals to places of safety. One year later, it is incredible to witness how happy these two brothers are at our project.”

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FOUR PAWS is the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Founded in 1988 in Vienna by Heli Dungler and friends, the organisation advocates for a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding. The sustainable campaigns and projects of FOUR PAWS focus on companion animals including stray dogs and cats, farm animals and wild animals – such as bears, big cats and orangutans – kept in inappropriate conditions as well as in disaster and conflict zones. With offices in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Kosovo, the Netherlands, Switzerland, South Africa, Thailand, Ukraine, the UK, the USA and Vietnam as well as sanctuaries for rescued animals in eleven countries, FOUR PAWS provides rapid help and long-term solutions. 

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