Rescue facility for feline predators
Stichting Leeuw is a rescue facility for big cats, which is situated on Landgoed Hoenderdaell. In April 2012 the first big cats were moved to Stichting Leeuw. The foundation aims to shelter big cats in need. If at all possible, shelter will be temporary and will prepare the animals for a return to the wild. The rescued cats come for example from private parties or from circuses, which as a result of new legislation in an increasing number of countries, are no longer allowed wild animal acts. The owners look for a place where these lions and tigers can live in comfort for the rest of their lives. Stichting Leeuw provides such a place.
The objectives of Stichting Leeuw are:
- Shelter, rehabilitate and care for feline predators in need.
- Conduct behavioural research to continually improve the comfort of the animals.
- Educate visitors on the animals, to teach them how they can help the feline predators.
- Participate in breeding programmes to contribute to the survival of the species in the wild.
- Relocate feline predators to their natural habitats.