ABOUT FELIDAE CENTRE

Our vision: A wildlife reserve conserving the African wild cats and predators in natural habitat.

Felidae Centre is located in the well-known Free State province, which borders on the Northern Cape. The predator reserve is situated only 30 km from the historical town of Kimberley, on the National Road, the N8 (head towards Petrusburg).

The Felidae Centre started in September 2010 when the Burger family brought in their first two animals, a cheetah and a caracal. The two animals, Thato and Lilo, came from a project where Chriszanne and Nicol had previously worked. Since that time the family has received and raised animals that were abandoned both in nature and by people.

OUR MISSION

Secure the conservation of these species

Educate the community, schools and volunteers on sick or injured animal care

Preserving our animal heritage and advocate not killing animals

PURPOSE OF FELIDAE CENTRE

In 2010 we first learned about canned hunting (the hunting of hand raised predator animals) and we had the opportunity to immediately save FIVE lions from the hunting business. Since that time we have had several other opportunities to save lions. These big cats are now able to call Felidae Centre home, living in a natural habitat spanning several hectares.

We want to educate the public on the real and obtainable conservation of African wildlife. These efforts help to ensure these species survival in the future. Furthermore, by doing tours and school outings, we want to change people’s mindsets about our big cats.

This will help secure both the protection and survival of the various species on our farm.

We do not all allow interactions with our wild animals.

WHY SHOULD YOU VISIT US

How are we different to other PREDATOR parks? We put the needs of our animals first and ensure that they are stressed as little as possible.

We endeavor to promote the welfare and survival of these animals while encouraging the education of the public.

We want visitors to experience the feeling of the awesomeness of these animals, but we also want to make sure that they learn something along the way.

We have a relationship with each of our animals and we try to keep them in the most natural environment possible.

As a visitor, you will have the opportunity to meet some of our ‘ambassador’ cats and see and hear them up close. You will also be able to view the lions feeding and tour the enclosures of our 12 different variety species. Make sure you don’t miss out on the chance to feed the bat-eared foxes!!

Stand a chance to come and view our “semi” wild pride of lions in their natural habitat in our 180 ha enclosure. A once in lifetime opportunity to see how the lionesses raises the cubs in the wild and learn them the behaviour of lions. 

Growth of felidae centre till now

Felidae Centre started in 2010 when we saved our first two animals, the cheetah, Thato and the caracal, Lilo. 

The centre has only blossomed since and we have saved and released big and small species.

 

We take pride in saving all animals but our main focus are predators. We provide these species with a safe home and when needed a forever home. We now provide a safe home for more than 60 animals of 12 different species. 

 

We strive that all our animals have enclosures that are as similar as possible to each species natural habitat including enrichments, shelters and more.

Our animals include:

  • African wild cats

  • Bat-eared foxes

  • Buck & Antelopes

  • Caracals

  • Cheetahs

  • Capuchin & Vervet Monkeys

  • Black-backed Jackals

  • Leopards

      • And a black leopard

  • Lions

      • And a white lion

  • Meerkats

  • Servals

  • Warthogs

  • Small spotted genets

What you will see on a tour at felidae centre

MEET OUR STAFF

Meet the people involved in the Centre.

VIEW OUR GALLERY

Check out all our various galleries and images.

JOIN FOR A TOUR

Come and visit our animals with a normal tour or an adventure tour.