Lions Rock

by Admin

Feb 9, 2022

Lionsrock is a big cat sanctuary established by FOUR PAWS, the global animal welfare organisation for animals under direct human influence, which reveals suffering, rescues animals in need and protects them. Our vision is a world where humans treat animals with respect, empathy and understanding.


As part of FOUR PAWS’ work for wild animals in captivity, Lionsrock focus on the situation of Big Cats in zoos, private captivity and the entertainment industry.

A lot of research and extensive work

For a year – between October 2006 and November 2007 – research was completed, permits obtained and extensive work was done. The 25 lions that FOUR PAWS had taken over from the previous owners remained on-site and were provided with medical care while work continued on upgrading the enclosures to accommodate more big cats who needed a safe home.

In 2007 a group of nine lions from the bankrupt Austrian safari park Gänserndorf and another from one of the many condemned Romanian zoos were the first to arrive in the Big Cat Sanctuary.

An appropriate environment for all animals

LIONSROCK has already rescued more than 150 big cats from all over the world. These animals are provided with a lifelong home and habitat appropriate to their species. All enclosures are several hectares in size. The main parts consist of open grassland with bushes and trees. In all the enclosures, shelters have been constructed which can be used by the animals as resting places. Natural structures that provide the animals with the possibility to hide and shelter from the elements. The enclosures are circular in shape and follow the natural shape of the land. This ensures that the animals are never in a corner and provides a feeling that there is no border.

LIONSROCK is also home to a variety of game including Wildebeests Blesbuck, Burchell’s Zebra, Duiker, Eland, Impala, Letchwe, Mountain Reedbuck, Red Hartebeest, Reedbuck, Springbuck, Steenbuck and Waterbuck. Furthermore, there is also a wide variety of bird species that have found refuge on the farm.

To book a tour

Call: 058 304 1691 or 083 408 0473


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