Stichting Leeuw (The Lion Foundation) was established by notarial deed on October 26, 2011. The foundation is registered with the Chamber of Commerce, Northwest Holland division under number 53857836. The foundation was founded in an effort to support public welfare objectives and projects related to the rescue, care, rehabilitation and release of predatory animals in their countries of origin. Stichting Leeuw is a non-profit organisation. At the basis of the foundation lies the responsibility its founders feel towards doing good to improve the wellbeing of human beings, animals and nature. Specifically, the foundation will fulfill its responsibilities by making every effort to support feline predators. Tigers, lions and other feline predators are seriously threatened throughout the world. Currently there aren’t any facilities where retired circus and zoo animals can spend their ‘golden years’. There also aren’t any initiatives to rehabilitate these animals for a possible return to the wild or to large nature reserves in their countries of origin.


The foundation has the following objectives:

  1. To promote sustainable improvements to the well-being of predatory animals within the Netherlands and beyond.
  2. To facilitate – or to provide support for – projects that benefit pubic interest and that are also of a charitable and social nature.
  3. Furthermore, to facilitate all that is either directly or indirectly related to the above or could support the above, in the broadest sense possible.

The Lion Foundation strives to support the world’s big cats. The foundation has built a large facility in Anna Paulowna where rescued animals are cared for. The rescue facility shouldn’t be the final destination of its inhabitants though. That’s why the foundation is currently establishing partnerships with foreign governments and other organisations in the native countries of these animals to help them return to the wild. Those animals that cannot return to the wild because of their mixed heritage or handicaps will hopefully one day be able to live in large fenced nature reserves.

The Lion Foundation also helps animals prepare for their return to the (semi) wilderness. The rescue facility has its own big cat ‘playground’ where animals learn how to hunt for their food. The foundation has built a hunting simulator in support of this goal. The simulator will give the big cats an opportunity to run around and practice their hunting skills, which will help prevent boredom. It will also help build stamina, enhance physical fitness and retrigger their hunting instinct. All of which will help improve their quality of life, during captivity as well as after re-entry into the (semi) wild.

Visitors are very welcome at our facility. The rescue facility is located at the Hoenderdaell Estate.


The foundation is managed according to its statutes.

The board of directors consists of:

Pieter Hendrikus Kruijff, Director
Mr. Robert-Jan Zagt, Secretary
Adrianus Marinus Roecoert, Treasurer

Mr. Kruijff is also the director of the Hoenderdaell Estate Foundation. This foundation runs an animal park in Anna Paulowna and also houses the Lion Foundation rescue facility.

Mr. Zagt is a legal advisor and financial planner for Cap Finlex.

Mr. Roecoert is a register accountant and was a partner at HLB Schippers Accountants for years.

Each of the members of the board has significant experience in his respective field. The members of the board are unpaid and have no familial relationship. None of the members of the board will be able to access the foundation’s assets individually.

Activities, plans and (current) projects 2012-2017

In accordance with the foundation’s objectives, here is a summary of some of the projects that are being explored:

  1. Siberian Tigers, Eastern Russia

The Lion Foundation’s board has initiated contact with an interested party in Eastern Russia and is discussing the potential for a large nature reserve for the Lion Foundation’s Siberian tigers.

  1. Bengal Tigers, Thailand

The Lion Foundation has an agreement with The Wildlife Friends for Thailand to home their tigers.

  1. South Africa

The Lion Foundation has his own sanctuary in South Africa, Schrikkloof.

  1. Anna Paulowna

Training and care for rescued big cats of varying ages from zoos and circuses across Europe.


The foundation is funded through gifts, testamentary dispositions, legacies, subsidies and donations.

Sponsoring (adoption)

Sponsors can choose to adopt one of the rescued big cats and support the foundation with a monthly donation. This can be arranged through our site, www.stichtingleeuw.nl. In return, the foundation will keep sponsors informed about their adopted big cat. The sponsor will receive a certificate and will be allowed to visit his/ her adopted animal once a year with a guest.

Foundation spending

Donations to the Lion Foundation are used to cover costs and investments involving:

– day-to-day care of animals in the Lion Foundation rescue facility
– the rescue of animals in need – this includes transportation, medication, costs associated with the rescue venue, etc.
– the release of big cats back into the (semi) wild
– scientific research projects involving the animals rescued by the Lion Foundation
– educational projects
– the support of various projects involving big cats


The foundation will set a budget for each year based on the expected projects for that year.


The foundation will keep visitors, sponsors and other interested parties informed of all activities and developments through its website: www.stichtingleeuw.nl. By doing so the foundation’s actions will remain transparent to the public.


The foundation’s policy concept will be adjusted if current events make this necessary.

Anna Paulowna, January 2020

Board of directors “Stichting Leeuw” (The Lion Foundation)

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Van Ewijckskade 1b
1761 JA  Anna Paulowna
Telephone: 0223-531388

Website: www.stichtingleeuw.nl
E-mail: info@stichtingleeuw.nl