Their placement

After having cared for, socialized the animals and formed groups or pairs (depending on the species and the characteristics of each individual), we seek to place them in permanent locations. The goal is always to improve the living conditions of the animal.

    There are two placement possibilities:

  • Zoos, which have spaces and the necessary authorizations to accommodate these animals,
  • Sanctuaries elsewhere in the world , which remain enclosed spaces but are much larger in size than those that can be found in France. It's not a return to nature but the animals are at least on the right continent of their species. This placement, ideal for lions, servals or panthers, nonetheless remains exceptional. Sanctuaries that are trusted, financially stable and have space are in high demand from organizations around the world and are rare.

Some zoos contact us because they have an empty enclosure and wish to make it available to animals saved by our association. Others build one specifically to accommodate a group of animals we have rescued.


    We would all like to see these animals with difficult pasts discover the natural environment of their species, but animal releases are very complex, even more so for predators. There are many factors to consider when reintroducing animals. To the talk of 'release them into the wild', the reality is therefore much more complex than that.
    Circus or trafficked animals (the vast majority of which are born in captivity and not taken from the wild) are poor candidates for strengthening an existing population:

  • They are very impregnated, and were taken from their mother at a very young age. They have a relationship with humans that is completely biased, and, despite remnants of instinct, they cannot manage on their own to hunt, defend themselves, protect their territory: they do not have the codes of their species and would be condemned.
  • They can pose a danger to humans living in these areas and cause conflicts; the problem in France with wolves or bears is the same in Africa or Asia with lions or tigers.
  • Since we rarely have traceability of the genealogies of animals resulting from trafficking, to which subspecies do they belong?, are they the result of inbred reproduction?, etc., the health risk and genetic pollution would be too great for the populations wild.
  • A reintroduction is the culmination of long field studies which ensure the stability of the environment, the number of sufficient prey, sufficient space, the safety of humans and follows strict agreements between countries, organizations, NGOs and precise scientific monitoring.

Some cases of reintroduction of big cats around the world:Some big cats have been reintroduced into sparsely populated areas (like cheetahs in Iran or panthers in the Caucasus for example), but these are only a handful of individuals which could be released all over the world. And this, with candidates selected and conditioned for wild life, sometimes over several generations. Although these victories are anecdotal, it is very encouraging for the future. The majority of reintroductions currently concern omnivorous animals that are not very dangerous, such as birds, herbivores, amphibians or reptiles.

Our job is therefore to place the animals we collect in the best possible living conditions.