Panthera Africa is a non-profit company (NPC no; 2014/002629/08) 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.
Panthera Africa is an environmentally friendly sanctuary for any captive bred big cats, where they will be protected and prosper for the rest of their lives.
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. We are a true sanctuary where no cub petting, breeding or trading takes place. We are a blue print of how a non-profit sanctuary, focusing on animal welfare, can become self-sufficient, and we aim to change all breeding facilities into sustainable ethical projects.
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!
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.
VISION, MISSION & VALUES
A world where people, animals and nature
are equally respected and acknowledged
through kindness, compassion, generosity and unconditional love
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.
This we do through:
- educational visits and programs
- volunteer program
- educational and inspirational presentations
- connecting people with themselves through being with animals and nature
- 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