LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary

A natural home

LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary is an over 1,250-hectare reserve in South Africa for rescued big cats. The sanctuary was founded by FOUR PAWS in 2007 and allows the organisation to rescue and rehome big cats which were born, bred and abused in captivity. LIONSROCK offers a safe home in a natural habitat where the species-appropriate needs of the rescued animals can be met.


The essence of the sanctuary and reserve concept is anchored in the policy of LIONSROCK: hunting, breeding and trading of wild animals is strictly forbidden. LIONSROCK does not only offer a home to over 100 lions, leopards and tigers, but also to many other African wild animals. All these animals have been rescued from a life in captivity full of abuse and suffering. Some animals were forced to perform for tourists. Others were kept in poor conditions in zoos and circuses around the world.

In LIONSROCK rescued big cats get a second chance at life.
© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Living conditions

FOUR PAWS has rescued all animals kept in LIONSROCK and provided them with living conditions that fit with their natural needs. The guidelines and the design of their environment offer:

  • A large natural area for the animals with structures and vegetation that suit the species;
  • Spacious enclosures with climbing structures and swimming water for the tigers;
  • Encouragement of natural behaviour through enrichment;
  • The possibility for animals to withdraw into natural vegetation;
  • A high level of medical care;
  • High safety standards for the fences.

Leopard Bakari moved from FELIDA Big Cat Centre to LIONSROCK Big Cat Sanctuary in 2016.
© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin


LIONSROCK is opened for visitors. It is a unique combination of a sanctuary for animals and a tourist destination, making every visit an unforgettable experience.


LIONSROCK Lodge is located in the park and has a restaurant, bar, bedrooms, cabins and space for conferences, festive gatherings (like weddings) and teambuilding. Guests can partake in guided tours, safaris, excursions and more.


For more information about LIONSROCK you can visit the website or Facebook page.



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