Important information!

Wednesday January 17 there will be no hunting simulator sessions, because some of our animals will have their annual innoculations.

Heavy storms are expected on Thursday January 18. If the big cats have to be kept inside, there will be no hunting sessions that day. The estate may have to be closed.

Wanicare Foundation

We are proud to announce our partnership with the Wanicare Foundation, to support their Javan Leopard Release Program.
The Javan leopard is critically endangered. Six of these beautiful animals are now kept in rescue centre Cikananga on Java, because of conflicts with man.
In 2018 the first habitat assessments for potential release sites will be commencing. This is a crucial step for wild Javan leopards that can still contribute to the survival of the species in the wild.

See for more information on this important project.

Ready for take-off

Finally! Bruno and Omar will be relocated to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in South Africa! There they will enjoy the African sun and savannah.
The exact dates will follow, but it is certainly going to happen in week 50. We know this is very short term, but we are dependent on paperwork…
We will miss these two brothers, but want nothing more than the best for them.


In 2016 we relocated Tristan, Nala and Asali to Africa. Many pictures showed them resting and playing on the savannah. We all hoped that these three lions would be able to enjoy the African sun for a long time to come.
Therefore we are very sad to report that Asali passed away last August.
We waited to share this terrible news with you until we knew the actual cause of death. The autopsy shows that Asali was in excellent health, so illness or consequences of the awful poaching incident in June are ruled out completely.
She died as a result of wounds on her throat.
We can only assume that the wild play of this pride ended in tragedy.
RIP Asali
We miss you.


Banners Landelijke Winnaars STICHTINGLEEUWThe Lion Foundation was awarded Beste Uitje 2017, a public award for the best day trip in the Netherlands. We would like to thank our donors, keepers and volunteers for this great success.

Special thanks also to the borough of Hollands Kroon, province North Holland. We hope to play an important part in the future recreational development in the north of our province.

Board Lion Foundation

Special group of retired circus animals

Lion Foundation new home to a special group of retired circus animals.

In February 2017 the Lion Foundation became the new home of a very special group of circus animals: tiger King, tigress Ursel and lioness Ambra.

These animals spent their whole life together and regard each other as congeneric. This is remarkable, because lions and tigers normally have very different habitats.

Because the big cats are already 13 years of age and very close, the Lion Foundation aims to keep them together.

Team Lion Foundation

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‘Best Day Out’ 2017 in North Holland


In the race for ‘Best Day Out’ 2017 in North Holland the Hoenderdaell Estate won the highest grades. The zoo, comprising the Lion Foundation big cat shelter, won a great many votes and high scores on almost all qualities. The Zuiderzeemuseum came second and the Museum Broekerveiling in Broek op Langedijk came third.

Big cat news!!

Big cat news!!

Yesterday a new resident of the Lion Foundation arrived. It is a female cougar of about 12 years old. Because she came to us just before Christmas, she was given the name Noelle.

For the first years of her life this animal was kept illegally by a private owner in the Netherlands. In 2006 she was confiscated, together with a male cougar. Animal park BestZoo in Best took the cougars in and have taken good care of them for years. After the male died, Noelle was on her own and she had to take turns in using an outside enclosure, for lack of space. For this reason the zoo decided to look for another park for this beautiful animal. Because the Lion Foundation has had a male cougar for a couple of years now, our Vincent, Noelle has come to us.

Hopefully the two animals will share an enclosure, if they get along. We can’t predict how long this will take and indeed if this will happen. It all depends on how the cats will react to each other. Noelle will be kept inside for the first few days, to get comfortable with her new environment and keepers. When she has settled in, she can go outside. After a while Vincent will move to the enclosure next to Noelle. The keepers will observe the cats closely and the cougars can get to know each other.

Patience is the key here…. As soon as Noelle can be admired by visitors, we will let you know on Facebook.

Team Lion Foundation