We believe that only if we unite, can we truly make a difference. The challenges that the big cat and wildlife industry are facing are too profound to overcome alone, so by standing together – governments, organisations and general public – we can implement common tools and methods and have a unified approach. For this reason, we work closely with all stakeholders in this industry that share our high standards and ethics – on all levels. We work closely with some of the world’s largest animal welfare organisations to see how we can help each other towards our common goal.

"In unity there is strength"

Panthera Africa slogan

We are members of the following organisations:

Lion Coalition

The Coalition aims to stop the captive breeding and keeping of lions and other big cats for commercial purposes. The members share certain vaules, knowledge and objectives and comprise a respected body of expertices from scientific, conservation, welfare, legal and public advocacy sectors.

The purpose of the Lion Coalition is to enable its members to work together in order to stop captive breeding and keeping of lions and other big cats for exploitative purposes. The main objective is to facilitate the creation of a strong social movement that advocates locally and globally to create awareness about, and to ultimately end, captive predator breeding and keeping of lions and other big cats for commercial gain.

True Sanctuaries

True Sanctuaries is a group of big cat sanctuaries in South Africa who have united to pave the way for animal welfare based, ethical big cat tourism. The focus is animal welfare, education and cooperation. The sanctuaries are opposed to any hands-on interaction, breeding and trading of big cats. There are currently five members in the group, and the aim is to continuously increase this number as more and more current facilities upgrade their standards and new true sanctuaries are created. The group works towards educating the public and creating awareness about the current situation where most facilities call themselves ‘sanctuaries’ while they exploit and use the animals in their care for financial gain with very little regard for the animals’ welfare.

Organisations we work with

Born Free

We are proud of and grateful for our collaboration with Born Free Foundation, who assisted us in setting up a new Rescue Section at Panthera Africa, called the Born Free Rescue Section. Our first operation together was the relocation of Alpha and Cora, two lionesses, who were originally confiscated from a bankrupt zoo in Spain and taken to live temporarily in a wildlife rescue centre in Belgium. With the full support from Born Free, Alpha and Cora are living happily together in their beautiful enclosure in the Born Free Rescue Section with plenty of space to explore and exercise. There are already new animal rescues and relocations in the planning.

Petitions for protection of wildlife


Regulations for Animal Welfare

With petitions being handed in to governments all around the world, to establish strict laws and regulations for animal welfare and survival, there will hopefully come an end to all unethical animal practices in the near future. And when the laws finally change, Panthera Africa is ready to contribute in the transformation the big cat industry will have. We envision converting breeding facilities into sanctuaries, in addition to welcoming more pride members to Panthera Africa, as well as contributing in finding other good homes for the ones in need.

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