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Big Cat Encounter at The Big Cat Sanctuary – Weekdays 11810982

5 out of 5 (based on 28 reviews)
Location: Ashford - Kent
For 1 person
Valid for 12 months
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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 will 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 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
  • Get the chance to hand-feed one of the cats!
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the site
What do I need to know?
  • All our vouchers are fully flexible and can be redeemed against our huge range of experiences
  • Your voucher is valid for one person
  • Available Monday–Friday, year round
  • For this experience, you may bring up to four guests for a cost of £70 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
  • Women in the early stages of pregnancy are advised to consult their doctor or midwife before booking
  • All dates are subject to availability


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Customer Reviews
5 out of 5 (based on 28 reviews)
Big cats
17 June 2023
The big cat sanctuary experience was an amazing day one on one with a ranger explaining about these beautiful animals and getting up close to feed a couple too (WOW)very educational and staff and set up wonderful
Big al
Age: 55-64
Occasion: Christmas
Woinderful experience
13 July 2022
Personally escorted by a friendly and knowledgeable guide. An excellent opportunity to see up-close a variety of cat species in natural surroundings. Highlight was being able to hand feed a lion and a tiger. A bit on the expensive side but well worth it as the memory will live with me for ever and the money goes to such a worthy cause.
Pussy galore
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Birthday
Great day very well organised
09 August 2021
Got to see all the cats and learn more about them Feeding was such a fab experience I loved it
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Birthday
07 July 2021
We have just had our Big Cat Experience with Becky. What an amazing afternoon. Becky is an asset to your staff, she made the experience so enjoyable, informative and entertaining. Please pass on our thanks, we thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. We will definitely do another deal with the Big Cat Experience again. They do many different experiences
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Christmas
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!
Age: 35-44
Occasion: Birthday
What an experience!
26 October 2019
Such a great afternoon. Cats are well looked after, information from the keepers is fantastic. Recommend this experience!
Age: 25-34
Occasion: Christmas
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!).
Age: 35-44
Occasion: Birthday
Wonderful bespoke experience
03 August 2019
Amazing experience. Really personal and fantastic place with unbelievably animals!!
Age: 25-34
Occasion: Christmas
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!
Age: 25-34
Occasion: Birthday
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.
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Birthday
Big Cat Encounter at The Big Cat Sanctuary – Weekdays