Tigers at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

We are excited to announce that we have two rescue tigers coming to their forever home at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary in early February 2023.

Softi and Toph, two female tigers, have had incredibly tragic lives thus far. Bred in captivity in Italy, and then in October 2019 they were found in small crates in the back of a horse box starving, dehydrated, and covered in excrement bound for Russia to fates unknown. They were confiscated at the Belarussian border and have been cared for since at a Sanctuary in Spain, run by AAP.

We will be welcoming these two amazing animals, who have endured so much, into our home and into our hearts, to continue their rehabilitation and to live out their lives in peace.

We also have two female tigers who came to The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary in 2018 having been rescued from a travelling circus in Spain by our rescue partner in Holland, Animal Advocacy and Protection (AAP). They were forced to live in cramped and barbaric conditions and were given up by the circus before coming to live with us in their forever home at our Sanctuary.

We focus on excellent animal welfare; offering a safe forever home to abused individuals; conservation by protecting areas of natural tiger habitat in the wild, and education by inspiring you, our wonderful visitors, to care about efforts to protect them.

Meet Zoppa, Natasha, Softi and Toph below…


Conservation Status: Endangered

Softi is quite shy, and whilst she loves to be outside, she can almost always be found hiding between the trees and bushes. She is very curious, although still cautious, taking time to get used to new people around, and always keeping her distance. She clearly still suffers from the trauma of her past life, and still gets easily stressed by noises or something simple like a rain shower. We are hoping that the love and care she will get at the Sanctuary will help to bring her out of her shell.


Conservation Status: Endangered

Whilst Toph seems to be incredibly smart and likes to anticipate what she thinks the carers were going to do, especially where food is involved. She has recently started to ‘chuff’ with other people, other than her caretakers. Chuffing is a form of tiger greeting, which sounds a bit like a puffy exhale, almost a whisper usually between the tigers, and in some cases, they will chuff with people who they have come to know. She initially preferred the sanctuary of the indoors, but has now gained her confidence and enjoys the water and the outdoors.


Conservation Status: Endangered

Natasha is the youngest and most vibrant of our females and isn’t shy by any stretch of the imagination. Natasha is affectionate and curious and likes to think she’s the boss! She really loves ‘stalking’ our visitors and, most recently, the two lion brothers in the enclosure just opposite her.


Conservation Status: Endangered

‘Zoppa’ is lame on her left front leg – indeed, the word ‘Zoppa’ translates as ‘lame’ or ‘limping’ in Italian. So many of our visitors show care and concern by alerting us to this issue …but rest assured, she is in very good hands. Her injury is a permanent disability but she has adapted to it and she lives a very good life. We are satisfied she is not suffering and visitors will see she is incredibly active and mobile, enjoying playing with the other tigers – in fact she is the first one out to play when we bring their enrichment toys out