We’re bringing them home to the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo, South Africa and it will be the biggest operation of its kind.

Thirty-three rescue lions will travel on a Boeing 747 from Animal Defenders International in South America to Johannesburg International. The lions will then be transported 230 kilometers by road to their forever home at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary.

Your support, contributions and donations not only help bring the 33 lions home but also build enclosures and care for the lions for the rest of their lives.

We couldn’t be more proud to bring the 33 lions home to South Africa and host the world’s largest lion sanctuary.

The Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary is located in Vaalwater in South Africa’s Limpopo province. This 5 000-hectare private estate, owned by Savannah and Minunette Heuser, is already home to 7 rescued lions and 1 tiger.

Vaalwater lies on the southern-edge of the Waterberg biosphere, which has a stunning array of habitats including mountainous regions, rolling grasslands, forests, cliff caves and river gorges. It has an abundance of wildlife and is home to indigenous mammals such as buffalo, giraffe and white rhino.


The region was named as a biosphere reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

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