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New animal clinic at FOUR PAWS Big Cats Sanctuary LIONSROCK


© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

Modern examination equipment allows efficient medical treatment for the big cats

Since 2008, FOUR PAWS has been operating the LIONSROCK Big Cats Sanctuary in South Africa. The facility gives a new home to lions, tigers, and other wild animals that have been rescued from poor keeping conditions. The refuge has now been equipped with its own animal clinic. The new clinic makes it very much easier for us to treat the animals. After all, we have 104 big cats to look after, which often have health issues due in part to the bad conditions in which they used to be kept.

© FOUR PAWS | Bogdan Baraghin

Now we have the necessary examination equipment right here on site

Of course, the sanctuary has always had enough carers and vets with the necessary expertise. But for complex examinations such as ultrasound, the animals had to be transported to the nearest clinic, in Bethlehem – a lot of work and a logistical challenge. Our donors have enabled us to acquire x-ray and ultrasound equipment, and an anaesthesia machine. This equipment lets us make far more accurate diagnoses when we’re examining our animals.

© FOUR PAWS | Mihai Vasile

The anaesthesia machine finally arrived

The clinic was built last year, then fitted out step-by-step. 2014 saw the first animal treated at the clinic: Kongo, a lion that had been transferred from the Dutch Big Cats Centre FELIDA, received dental treatment. Since then, nine lions and six tigers from LIONSROCK have received medical treatment at the clinic. The last major piece of equipment finally arrived at LIONSROCK a week ago: the anaesthesia machine.