Since 2014 the Big Cat Centre in Nijeberkoop is owned and managed by foundation FELIDA, which is part of the international animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS International. Before that, the centre was a independent big cat rescue centre called Pantera. Due to financial problems and severe overdue maintenance, FOUR PAWS International was requested for help in 2013, which led to a complete takeover of the centre.

This is how FOUR PAWS found the centre in 2013.
© VIER VOETERS | Marion Jansen

About Pantera

Foundation Pantera was started in 1992 after the founder realised that many captive carnivores are killed when they get older and lose their cute appearance. He did not approve of this and offered a place for these animals in a rescue centre in Nijeberkoop. 


Since the centre was taken over by FOUR PAWS International and FELIDA, the foundation Pantera no longer owns or runs a rescue centre. A newly appointed board is working on closing down affairs from the past and repairing the financial position, in order to make sure the foundation can maintain working for its goals in a positive way.


The board of foundation Pantera consists of Ioana Dungler (chairman), Helma van de Vondevoort and Barbara van Genne. The board members do not receive remuneration for their work. The foundation does not have any personnel.



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