Most lions were rehabilitated from our main rescue facility Stichting Leeuw in The Netherlands. This foundation is a sanctuary for about 35 big cats; lions, tigers, leopards and cougars from circuses, private owners, zoo surplus, breeding stations and the entertainment industry.


Rehabilitation of the first lions to Africa
Only two years after the start of Stichting Leeuw, an amazing milestone was reached. Late May 2015 saw the return of two lions to Africa. The lion couple Masrya and Nero were the first lucky ones. Saying goodbye to these lions was a bittersweet happening. Both have had a harrowing past, and they were dearly loved by the keepers, volunteers and visitors of Stichting Leeuw.

The couple has found a home on a large fenced stretch of land at The Lions Foundation. Masrya and Nero would never survive in the actual wild. Because of the physical disabilities they have as a result of their past, they will always need to be fed. The journey to Africa and installing the fences around Masrya and Nero’s new home, was financed by Stichting Leeuw. By donating you can help make their story one of many more.



The Lions Foundation aims to
rehabilitate lions in need from
all over the world to their
natural habitat.


The Lions Foundation is
located in Schrikkloof
Nature Reserve.

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Hugo and Ambra matched

As both Hugo and Ambra were living on their own, Stichting Leeuw has been busy matching these two lions. After having lived in the same enclosure for a while, taking turns being inside and outside, they got to know each other well enough and reacted friendly enough to...

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Founding of The Lions Foundation

Recently Stichting Leeuw had the unique opportunity to realise its own lion sanctuary in South Africa. This subsidiary, which will have the internationally more workable name of The Lions Foundation, is located in the nature reserve Schrikkloof in Limpopo province....

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