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As seen on BBC's Big Cats About The House

Big Cat Encounter at The Big Cat Sanctuary – Weekdays 11810982

5 out of 5 (based on 24 reviews)
£199
Location: Ashford - Kent
For 1 person
Valid for 20 months
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Overview

Lions, leopards, cheetahs, pumas, jaguars, and more – The breadth of the collection of amazing wild cats at The Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent is extraordinary. Get up close and personal with these beautiful creatures, with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the facility. You’ll see their enclosures and areas of the premises not open to the general public, and learn about the impressive conservation work that the Foundation is involved in both here and abroad, on a guided tour with a professional. Most exciting of all, you’ll feel hot tiger breath or feel leopard whiskers brush your hand, when you actually feed one of the big cats (the cat will be in its enclosure, and you’ll be taught how to do this very safely!). A once-in-a-lifetime experience, meeting the big cats will create long-lasting memories, so don’t forget your camera! You can bring spectators on payment of a donation, and all proceeds go towards helping to save these majestic creatures from extinction.

What's included?
  • A Big Cat Encounter at The Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent
What do I need to know?
  • Your voucher is valid for 10 months for one person
  • Available Monday–Friday, year round
  • For this experience, you may bring up to four guests for a suggested donation of £49 per person or an additional participant for £99
  • Participants at £99, must be aged 16 years or over
  • This is an outside experience and the program will vary with the season and time of day
  • Sessions are offered in the morning and afternoon all year round
  • Please allow approximately two and a half hours for this experience
  • Sessions are limited and subject to availability. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment
  • The site is disabled-accessible to all except in very wet weather when the grass surface may become unsuitable for wheelchair users
  • Please wear clothes suitable for being outdoors
  • Please avoid open-toed shoes, loose jewellery and scarves
  • All dates are subject to availability

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Customer Reviews
5 out of 5 (based on 24 reviews)
24 out of 24 (100%) reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Amazing Experience!
19 August 2020
An amazing morning spent at the Big Cat Sanctuary for my husband's birthday. Our family were given a personal tour (lasting about 2.5 hours). Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and our children loved learning about all the cats. My husband and I were given two hand feeds each and were able to select which cats we wanted to feed. This was my fourth visit to the sanctuary and I can't wait to go again! Such an amazing place!
Nell
Age: 35-44
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
What an experience!
26 October 2019
Such a great afternoon. Cats are well looked after, information from the keepers is fantastic. Recommend this experience!
Hankstagram
Age: 25-34
Occasion: Christmas
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Husband's Birthday Treat
30 August 2019
Booked this experience for my husband as he loved watching the BBC series and then purchased 2 additional visitor passes so that we could all enjoy!. The Sanctuary is beautiful, we saw some amazing big cats and the grounds are very well maintained. Our guide Maddie was amazing - so friendly and informative and you can see that she is passionate about the work that she undertakes. Apart from a couple of other people that had experiences we had the whole place to ourselves! Would highly recommend to anyone that is interested in Big Cats, preservation and breeding programmes. My husband could not believe that he was handfeeding a Jaguar (Sofia) and a Tiger (Puna). It was great to see Maya and Willow too (plus all the other amazing cats!).
Suzannahs
Age: 35-44
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Wonderful bespoke experience
03 August 2019
Amazing experience. Really personal and fantastic place with unbelievably animals!!
Gem
Age: 25-34
Occasion: Christmas
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Amazing experience for animal lovers
02 August 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed this experience. We had a tour of the sanctuary with one of the keepers and I had the opportunity to hand feed two big cats of my choosing. I chose a Sumatran tiger and an Amur leopard which was truly amazing. Big cats are my favourite so this was such an interesting experience!
Tiffany
Age: 25-34
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Great gift
26 June 2019
This was an excellent experience. Our tour guide, Jamie, was amazing and so knowledgeable. We enjoyed a great morning at the sanctuary and would highly recommend it.
Steve
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Wow! What an experience!
21 June 2019
A unique experience to see big cats up close. Loved the fact that it was just us going round with staff member. Yes! You really do get the chance to hand feed a big cat of your choice- well two actually!
Becky
Age: 55-64
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Fantastic day
08 June 2019
My Nan absolutely enjoyed her Big Cat experience were she got to tick something of her bucket list; feeding tigers! We got taken on a private tour with James who had such detailed knowledge of all the cats at the sanctuary. It was such an amazing experience as the venue isn’t open to the public daily, so it was nice seeing the animals in an quiet area and not having the public stare at you whilst doing your experience. We even got to go into the animals inside enclosures (obviously behind gates still) and really get to see the big cats up close! My Nan had a choice to feed two of the big cats at the sanctuary and she chose to feed tigers. But you were able to feed two different species of cats if you wanted. Such a lovely day out, would really recommend the Big Cat Sanctuary especially over any other zoos as you get such a personal and private experience.
Sophie
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Christmas
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Amazing day out
17 May 2019
I’d wanted to go since seeing the documentary on TV and was really excited when I got it for Christmas. It lived up to everything I was hoping for. The staff and volunteers were great and we couldn’t ask enough questions. The cats themselves were amazing and it was great to be so close. Feeding them was an experience I would not change for anything. Loved it!
Micha
Age: 25-34
Occasion: Christmas
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Lovely gift
25 March 2019
Fantastic afternoon
Kelly pops
Age: 55-64
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Big Cat Encounter at The Big Cat Sanctuary – Weekdays
£199