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Big Cats Sanctuary Big Cats Sanctuary Stanford, South Africa Panthera Africa NGO | Panthera Africa
When being a volunteer at Panthera Africa we will offer you the unique opportunity to be involved behind the scenes and you can learn what it takes to run a sanctuary.

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Project Details

Panthera Africa is a sanctuary for Big Cats. We create a secure, safe and prosperous home for captive Big Cats and raise awareness about ethical animal treatment.

Panthera Africa is a non-profit company founded by Lizaene Cornwall and Cathrine S. Nyquist.

Panthera Africa is a sanctuary for any captive bred big cats, founded by Lizaene Cornwall and Cathrine S. Nyquist. The name Panthera Africa is inspired by the passion Lizaene and Cathrine have for the four pantheras; panthera leo – the lion, panthera pardus – the leopard, panthera onca - the jaguar and panthera tigris – the tiger.

Big cats are under threat in the wild, and being exploited in captivity. Many tourists and volunteers are unaware of what is truly happening to these big cats, and therefore we take pride in speaking on their behalves. 

One of Panthera Africa's main purposes is to be an educational platform where we create awareness about conditions big cats face in captivity, and how animal welfare and enrichment play a vital role in giving them the best captive life possible.

Panthera Africa believes in the connection between both environmental and wildlife conservation, and aims to become the first "green" big cat sanctuary in South Africa, and run solely on solar energy.

Panthera Africa has found its 40 hectare paradise with a beautiful home for the animals, the owners and the many volunteers visiting. The land is filled with lots of large trees, a natural spring and an amazing 360 degree mountain view!

The international volunteer project offers you the unique opportunity to be involved behind the scenes! We believe in the equal importance of both humans and animals, and we will do our absolute best to give you the holiday of your lifetime. We know from personal experience that this includes both quality time with animals, as well as with staff and the other volunteers. 

Hearing a lion roar up close, getting love and recognition from a leopard, hearing the chuffing of a tiger, or seeing them appreciate and love the toys you make to enrich their lives. 

In addition to the indescrible bonds you will form with the animals, friendship will be formed and together at the end of the day we all can share stories, hopes and dreams around the bonfire with a cold drink watching the famous African sunset. 

Our Values

We care

  • Respectful towards each other and the animals and nature
  • Are inclusive
  • Take responsibility
  • With unconditional love

We are open minded

  • Inspire and motivate each other
  • Accept each other without judgement
  • Practice spirituality; meditation & animal communications

We are creative

  • Find solutions
  • Take actions and make things happen!
  • Constantly strive for improvement and new ideas
  • Do everything with excitement

About the Founders

While providing, managing and working closely with eight different species of predators, Lizaene observed and experienced each species' uniqueness and capabilities, and realised that protecting and caring for big cats was her calling in life. The foundation for Panthera Africa was laid, and the desire to rescue and care for the big cats in need powered her already big love, passion and admiration for them. Her eagerness to educate herself led her to learn about the truth about captive breeding, exploitation of big cats and illegal wildlife trade. Through her story and amazing connection with her ambassador animals, she aims to reach the hearts of thousands so everyone can understand how amazing these animals are, and that they should be respected and protected.

Catherine used to be one of those typical business ladies with a degree in business and finance, climbing the career ladder, enjoying the jet set life with wining and dining, and having the freedom to travel the world. In September 2011 she was going to start what she was sure was her dream job – a broker in the most up and coming commercial real estate company in Oslo. Two weeks before start up, she sat on a plane to South Africa and was going to volunteer at a breeding project. Little did she know that this choice was going to change her life in every possible way. After two additional trips to the project, she permanently moved to South Africa in May 2012, and started to assist Lizaene with all her tasks. Her days were quickly filled with lots of work and the best thing of all – a lot of indescribable animal time. Two years later, the two were starting their own project and following their dream of saving the big cats. 

We strongly believe in the saying "In union there is strength" - and by standing together, human and animal, we believe in the possibility of a prosperous future for the big cats, and we take pride in 'speaking' on their behalf.

The main focus of the project is on
NPO Status
Yes, registered non-profit organization
Contact Person
Nina Borgersen
Spoken Languages

Social Impact

Raising awareness about ethical and holistic animal treatment is our main goal.

Our Vision

A world where people, animals and nature are equally respected and acknowledged through kindness, compassion, generosity and unconditional love.

Our Mission

Panthera Africa is a sanctuary for Big Cats and people. We create a secure, safe and prosperous home for captive Big Cats and raise awarness about ethical and holistic animal treatment.

Panthera Africa strongly believes that everyone can make a difference, which is what we will seek to do for the thousands of big cats in need of a safe haven. Panthera Africa is a true sanctuary where animal welfare is in focus, and no cub-petting, breeding or trading takes place. By empowering people, of all ages across the world, to better live in harmony with nature and themselves the world will be able to further understand the beautiful balance of life and everything we live in. 

Upon engaging with us, we wish to see enlightened leaders with regards to a changed mind set by having reached a higher level of consciousness. This awareness engulfs ethical practices, a self-sustaining life force, a desire to spread awareness, and, beings who believe in the greatness of life.

Pursued Sustainable Development Goals
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