Drakenstein Lion Park – We need YOUR HELP

Drakenstein Lion Park – We need YOUR HELP

The Drakenstein Lion Park needs a roaring help 

The Drakenstein Lion Park is one of only two real sanctuaries in the Western Cape (and only a hand full in South Africa!). Paul Hart established it in 1998. The Park provides lions in distress a safe location where they can live safely. Where they can roam free from abuse and persecution and be treated with the compassion and respect they deserve.

When we posted that the Drakenstein Lion Park was looking for donations for a fence upgrade, Wellington Lions Club member Benny Smith and his company, Kraaifontein Construction & Fencing, immediately jumped into action. He could arrange the necessary razor wire at an incredibly discounted supplier’s quote. This brought the cost of the fencing down from R 65.000 to R 32.000. Kraaifontein Construction & Fencing also installed the razor wire-free of charge, donating the human resources costs to the Park. 

Lion poaching statistics - © EWT Endangered Wildlife Trust

Saving one animal won’t change the world, but the world changes entirely for that animal!

For 20 years, many Lions found a new safe home at the Drakenstein Lion Park in the Western Cape. But sadly, captive lions lives aren’t secure anymore in South Africa to ensure something similar doesn’t happen to them! These Lions have gone through so much to arrive here in safety finally! The Lions cannot be sent to Game Reserves. Because humans imprint them, they cannot be rehabilitated and released into the wild. Cubs are taken from their mothers so that they can produce another litter soon and that volunteers can bottle-feed them. Cubs are being pawed, picked up and posed all day long, day after day. Lions are abused in circuses and roadside shows. Captive Lions cannot be part of breeding programmes that will save lions from extinction.

But they can spend the rest of their lives peacefully and securely at the Drakenstein Lion Park!

Drakenstein Lion Park was established in 1998 to provide lions in distress with sanctuary, where they could live safely, free from abuse and persecution, and be treated with the compassion and respect they deserved.

Drakenstein is situated in the scenic Cape Winelands and comprises 50 acres of sprawling lion habitat.

The Park is actively involved in improving the quality of life of lions in captivity, locally and internationally, either by offering these animals a lifetime home or working in conjunction with other animal welfare organizations to secure a safe future for individual animals in dire need.

The Park is not involved in commercial breeding or trade and offers lifetime care to all of its animals. All the animals brought to the Park are captive-bred / hand-reared and cannot be rehabilitated into the wild. The animals at the Park have assured a chance to live out their natural lives in an enriched and safe environment.

Adopt a lion at Drakenstein Lion Park


Drakenstein Lion Park is one of a small handful genuine lion sanctuaries in the South Africa, with the largest lion population, including rare white lions.

Beware of facilities making false and misleading claims. Many claim to ‘rescue lions’, undertake ‘research’ and ‘rehabilitate’ lions, but nothing could be further from the truth.

Genuine lion sanctuaries are not involved in captive breeding and provide lifetime care to their resident animals. Genuine lion sanctuaries do not offer ‘petting’ opportunities.

Click here to donate to the Drakenstein Lion Park

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