{ Panthera leo/African lion }


Adoptions are an ideal way of helping save some of the rarest cats in the world, whether it be the smallest wild cat, the Sri Lankan rusty spotted cat, the rarest of all big cats, the Amur leopard or the largest of big cats, the magnificent Amur tiger.

Adopting helps with the cats husbandry, including food and veterinary care when required.

As an adopter you are able to visit on one of the Supporters Afternoons run throughout the year, (one visit per 12 month adoption period); where you will be able to tour our site at your leisure, enjoy talks from the keepers followed by light refreshments. There is also the opportunity of bringing up to 4 guests for a suggested donation of £25 each.



Manzi is the blondest of the brothers and a complete teddybear! Manzi has now gone very blonde due to the fact he is now alone and has no dominance issues or the companionship of other male lions. He is very chatty to Keepers and loves to come over first thing in the morning and last thing of an evening; however, once food is within his sight he changes to a very different cat!

The lions at WHF, The Big Cat Sanctuary show many of the behaviours they would in the wild. Typically 16-20+hrs a day will be spent sleeping. Lions will not expend energy unless they have to. When they are active they can be seen walking along the edges of their enclosure. This is simply territorial pacing, a normal behaviour in which males will walk around the edges of their territory. The two brothers will also carry out social interactions such as grooming one another and roaring. Our males will roar together most evenings and early mornings. Studies of lions roaring suggest that the purpose of the roar can be a territorial display, a spacing mechanism, a way of ensuring the group stays together or a combination of the three. Regardless of the purpose it is a very impressive sound that can travel as far as 5 miles.

Wild lions would often come across smells that are new and unfamiliar. In order to replicate this, we often add new scents to the enclosures ourselves. Household herbs and perfumes can be added weekly to stimulate the cats and give them something to interact with. We also add boxes and bags (providing they are natural materials) to give the cats something to play with and destroy.

The three brothers, Manzi, Kafara and Tiny were born at Woburn Safari Park to a female that was unable to care for them due to her milk production stopping. They were taken to PWP to be hand reared at 19 days old by the keepers there. At this time, one of the cubs was slightly smaller and weaker than the other two, so was nicknamed Tiny. He pulled through and is now only slightly smaller than his brothers (approx 10KG lighter). Throughout his time at WHF, The Big Cat Sanctuary he has had several gut operations so we now have to monitor carefully what he eats and ensure he doesn’t get too much mane/hair in his meals.

At approximately 9yrs of age there was a disagreement between Manzi and Kafara resulting in an injury that led to the boys being separated. Tiny was run between the two to give both the company of another lion, but eventually he too was unable to live with Manzi.