Stichting Leeuw projects

Stichting Leeuw runs several projects in The Netherlands and abroad.

All projects contribute to the mission and objectives of Stichting Leeuw:

  1. Give shelter to big cats that were used for human entertainment
  2. Provide good and safe housing and encourage natural behaviour, for the benefit of the animals’ well-being
  3. Relocate eligible big cats to sanctuaries within their natural habitat
  4. Educate people on the threats to big cats
  5. Contribute to selected species conservation programmes

Below all our projects are listed under the relevant objective. Every objectives has at least one project. Click on the project names to access more project information.

Projects related to shelter capacity have highest priority. These projects contribute to two important objectives: ‘Shelter big cats’ and ‘Relocate eligible big cats to sanctuaries within their natural habitat’.

Increase shelter capacity

The Stichting Leeuw shelter houses more than thirty big cats and is alway full. Making room for all the animals still on a waiting list is a big problem.

There is a continuous supply of big cats needing shelter. In 2019 Stichting Leeuw had to turn down nearly 50 animals. The number of cats in need is expected to rise, as a result of the corona/covid-19 crisis.

Read more about the projects connected to this objective:
New leopard enclosure in The Netherlands
Relocate lions to South Africa
Relocate tigers to Thailand

Provide good and safe housing and encourage natural behaviour, for the benefit of the animals’ well-being

In 2021 Stichting Leeuw celebrates it’s 10 year anniversary!
Great news, considering all that was achieved in those 10 years. A total of 65 animals were saved and 13 lions moved to a wonderful home in South Africa.
But it also means that it’s time for maintenance on the inside enclosures and the big hall.

Read more about the projects connected to this objective:
Maintenance enclosures and big hall at Stichting Leeuw

Relocate eligible big cats to sanctuaries within their natural habitat

South Africa and Thailand offer possibilities to give the sheltered big cats an even better life, in big enclosures. In a climate and natural environment which is as close to the original habitat of lions and tigers as possible. Some of the animals in the Dutch shelter are fit to be relocated to one of these locations.

Read more about the projects connected to this objective:
Relocate lions to South Africa
Relocate tigers to Thailand

Educate people on the threats to big cats

There is much animal suffering all around the world; we probably are all contributing to it, usually unintentionally.
Learn more about this problem in the education gallery of Stichting Leeuw: from circuses, cute cub cuddling and Chinese ‘medicines’ to nearly extinct Siberian tigers. Spread the word… interactive education makes in impact on people of all ages, but especially children. Stichting Leeuw aims to realise this educational medium.

Read more about the projects connected to this objective:
Interactive education for children at Stichting Leeuw 

Contribute to selected breeding programmes

Stichting Leeuw is always looking to contribute to species conservation in the wild with the resident animals in the shelter.

Read more about the projects connected to this objective:
Species conservation programme Siberian tigers