Although tigers originally do not live in South Africa, Lionsrock offers everything a tiger needs: space, play areas, sun and shade, and the ability to swim. It offers the best living conditions for tigers that have been kept in captivity. Lionsrock currently houses 106 big cats like tigers, lions, and leopards as well as other wild animals like cheetahs, caracals and servals.
"In Europe many tigers and lions are still kept in very bad conditions, especially in substandard zoos or circuses", explained Heli Dungler. "However, zoos or circuses are not a place for big cats. They need huge areas and in fact they should live in the wild, where they are able to live according to their species. Big cats that are born in captivity can never be released into the wild. Therefore we can take over some of them, but only on the condition that at the same time laws and the awareness of the humans regarding the needs of big cats are changing."