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The Big Cat Sanctuary

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Address: Headcorn Road, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
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The Big Cat Sanctuary

The Big Cat Sanctuary is a conservation charity, home...

The Big Cat Sanctuary

The Big Cat Sanctuary is a conservation charity, home to over 50 big and small cats across 16 different species. We are proud to have the most diverse collection in the UK, from the largest, to the smallest, to the most endangered in the world, hidden away in the Kent countryside. We are a centre of excellence whose primary objective is the breeding of some of the most endangered species on the planet as well as offering sanctuary to retired and homeless cats.

The breeding centre is proud to be part of the EEP (European Endangered Species Breeding Programme). This is a body that regulates the captive breeding of endangered cats by making recommendations for breeding to produce a strong, healthy and diverse gene-pool within the captive population to ultimately be reintroduced safely into their natural habitat to mix with their counterparts in the wild.

Breeding success so far includes the Amur leopard programme which is the world’s most endangered big cat, estimated between 70-80 remaining in the wild globally, also to the Sumatran tigers, Amur tigers and Pallas cats.

Big Cat Sanctuary operates by way of personal big cat experiences including big cat tours, individual and group photography days, overnight big cat safari nights and adoptions. All of which need to be pre-booked in advance of a visit. The centre takes pride in delivering fully immersive, personal and amazing experiences that will leave any big cat lover with memories to treasure forever.

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Booked Ranger for the Day before Christmas on the Winter Offer. We booked for the 24th March. It was better than my husband and I expected. We were involved from the word go... read more

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Ashford , United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Booked Ranger for the Day before Christmas on the Winter Offer. We booked for the 24th March. It was better than my husband and I expected. We were involved from the word go - enclosure cleaning, cleaning and putting fresh clean bedding in their sleeping quarters. Charlotte, our Ranger was patient and professional from the word go. We got to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

What a great experience. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel special: met personally in the car park and shown to our log cabin and then everything explained with a minimum of fuss. This was followed by a delicious afternoon tea about 3 feet from Tiny (the male lion) who is anything but! Our first tour got... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the big cat sanctuary on the 13th March my family's Ly parents d for it as part of m 50th birthday present. It's been my life lol no dream to get up close t the big cats. From the second you go through the gate you feel like you are in heaven. The staff go out of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We did the overnight lodge stay, absolutely amazing trip, lodge is immaculate, afternoon tea, dinner and breakfast are faultless, get lots of time walking around with the guide who shares lots of knowledge, great to hear the lions roaring!!, maybe not at 5am lol but it's great, ear plugs recommended if you like your sleep. Want to go back already

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Not only helping the breeding programme of endangered cats like the Sumatran Tiger and Amur Leopard the Sanctuary works with organisations in Africa to educate locals to live peacefully alongside these amazing cats. The Sanctuary itself is wonderful, the animals look in such good condition and are relaxed(ish!). Many are retired from other zoos, circuses and private collections. It is... More 

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Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a Christmas present from my fiancée. It was absolutely marvellous from beginning to end. We stayed in a lodge on site and went to sleep with the sound of lions roaring through the night. We had tea, with lions laying just outside the conservatory window. A tour by Maddie showing us all the big cats and went in... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

An amazing experience and must do for every animal lover. We had a private tour around the entire sanctuary and were given a choice of which cats we wanted to feed (we opted for the tigers!). Fantastic value for money; our tour lasted for over two and a half hours and our guide was extremely knowledgable and answered every question... More 

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Stone, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What could be more fun for a cat lover to have the opportunity of seeing magnificent cats up close and even being able to hand feed, a brilliant experience

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A wonderful christmas present from my husband. We stayed in the snow leopard lodge it was spotlessly clean with everything you need. The stay included afternoon tea then a tour of the park the animals are absolutely stunning and so well cared for you just fall in love with them all. Then quick change for dinner which was great the... More 

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A truly spectacular place whose heart beats animal welfare and conservation. We had an overnight lodge experience and the only interruption to sleep was the lions roaring! The staff, food, itinerary and cats exceeded expectations. On arrival we were greeted personally and taken to our lodge, one of four on site all thoughtfully designed and well equipped. Afternoon tea was... More 

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