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The Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary was opened by Savannah Heuser in 2012 and is situated on the Bahati Estate in the Vaalwater region of Limpopo province, South Africa. The sanctuary is home to 40 lions and 2 tigers which live in large, natural enclosures and receive food, rehabilitation, enrichment and veterinary care.

As a non-profit organisation, Emoya operates from the contributions of the Heuser family, its partners, volunteers, other contributors and through donations. The Bahati Volunteer Programme is an extraordinary opportunity to participate in farm life at Bahati and help care for the big cats.

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“LeoVegas is a Swedish mobile gaming company, and has since its launch in 2012 become one of the market leaders within it’s field.Thanks to its strong inflow of customers, exceptional growth and constant innovation, LeoVegas is the trailblazer in the mobile revolution.

As a part of our 5 year celebration, LeoVegas launched the Leo Initiative. The project is a charity project with the goal of giving back to the global community. The initiative contributes to multiple projects, the collaboration with Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary being one of them. The history of the sanctuary, and the commitment of the Heuser family, made the choice of Emoya an easy one.

LeoVegas commits being the official sponsor of Bruno and Omar, supporting the maintenance of the two brothers while at Emoya. We have also launched a volunteering sponsorship for all of our employees, where we sponsor all expenses to participate in Emoya’s volunteer program. We are tremendously proud to have the opportunity and possibility to give back, and to make a hands-on difference.


Ibubesi Transport will transport the 33 lions from O.R Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg to the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary in Limpopo – supplying not only the two Superlink trucks but also drivers and fuel. This will be an extraordinary 250-kilometre road journey for the 33 lions, finally bringing them to their forever home at Emoya.




Bonnox are supplying fencing material to Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary at cost. Bonnox manufacture field and game fencing specifically designed for African conditions. Their fencing will be used to build both the first phase and second phase enclosures for the 33 lions.


Secret Eye Surveillance and Anti-Poaching

Secret Eye Surveillance and Anti-Poaching

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