MEET OUR BIG CATS!

Born Free works in collaboration with Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary to provide safe, natural enclosures for big cats, rescued from zoos, circuses and other captive facilities.

The  Born Free Rescue Section at Panthera Big Cat Sanctuary was built in 2019, with thanks to Born Free’s corporate partner British Airways Holiday. Alpha and Cora were the first big cats to arrive and it is hoped that the area will provide a safe haven for many more rescued big cats in the future.

Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary is a non-profit organisation founded by Lizaene Cornwall and Cathrine S. Nyquist in 2014, located 140 kilometres from Cape Town, in South Africa’s Western Cape. It is a sanctuary for captive-bred big cats where they will be protected for the rest of their lives.

ALPHA

DATE OF BIRTH: Estimated 2004

ARRIVED AT BORN FREE'S RESCUE SECTION, PANTHERA AFRICA BIG CAT SANCTUARY: October 2019

Alpha was rescued alongside her companion Cora, from a failed zoo in southern Spain. She was cared for temporarily at Natuurhulpcentrum, a wildlife rescue centre in Belgium, before we moved her to Born Free's Rescue Section. Here Alpha will receive lifetime care in a safe and natural bush enclosure, supported by Born Free with thanks to British Airways Holidays.

Since arriving in South Africa, Alpha has settled in well. Alpha is the more adventurous of the two lionesses and often nudges Cora to join her on a walk. Alpha and Cora have a very close relationship and are enjoying the peace and quiet of their new home.

VIDEO   ZOOS

CORA

DATE OF BIRTH: Estimated 2004

ARRIVED AT BORN FREE'S RESCUE SECTION, PANTHERA AFRICA BIG CAT SANCTUARY: October 2019

Cora was rescued alongside her companion Alpha, from a failed zoo in southern Spain. She was cared for temporarily at Natuurhulpcentrum, a wildlife rescue centre in Belgium, before we moved her to Born Free's Rescue Section. Here she will receive lifetime care in a safe and natural bush enclosure, supported by Born Free with thanks to British Airways Holidays.

Since arriving in South Africa, Cora has become relaxed in her new surroundings and is certainly enjoying her days lying in the sunshine and enjoying the peace and quiet. Cora loves spending time with Alpha and they have a very close relationship. 

VIDEO   ZOOS

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