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Wildlife Heritage Foundation

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Address: Headcorn Road | Headcorn Road, TN27 8PJ, Smarden, Kent, England, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
Phone Number: +44 1233 771915
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Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) is an animal conservation charity and...

Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) is an animal conservation charity and breeding centre of excellence, our main objective is to raise awareness and funds to help big cat conservation projects around the globe. WHF is not open to the public but can be visited by way of a big cat experience. WHf is set in the heart of the Kent countryside in The Garden of England, it is over 35 acres and is home to over 50 cats - we are the largest and most diverse cat collection in Europe. From the World's most endangered Amur leopard to the World's largest Amur tiger to the World's smallest Rusty Spotted cat. And many in between including lions, tigers, pumas, leopards, cheetahs and servals. The specialist experiences we offer at WHF are: An Overnight Big Cat Safari stay in one of our four luxury lodges A Photographic Workshop - individual or group A Big Cat Encounter - Meeting the cats with a chance to feed a cat A WHF Cat Adoption - includes an afternoon visit to meet your cat For up to date information visit our website or follow us on Twitter and FaceBook. Thank you for visiting us on Tripadvisor if you have visited please leave a review to let others know what you thought. Many thanks. The WHF Team.

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Amazing Big Cat experience

We stayed the night in one of the lodges, and had a great guide take us around the next day. You get to chose two big cats to feed. Great animal experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Stow-on-the-Wold, United Kingdom
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Stow-on-the-Wold, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stayed the night in one of the lodges, and had a great guide take us around the next day. You get to chose two big cats to feed. Great animal experience.

Thank LordShires
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We arranged a family VIP visit for my birthday and stayed overnight in the log cabins which are truly luxurious - lovely, warm and snug in the winter and with lots of windows so I would imagine cool in the summer. The dinner was delicious and it was great to have the lodge to ourselves. The first guided trip was... More 

Thank ChurtSunseeker
Basingstoke, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing! What an experience! Highly recommend. Chance to get close and feed one of the cats. It was a surprise 40th birthday present couldn't of worked out better. Keep up the fantastic work and thanks again.

Thank Mark W
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing place, I am biased but it's every big and small cat lovers dream! Can highly recommend! There's various ways to visit, and it's closed to the public except for prearranged personal experiences. This is adds to the beauty of this venue!

Thank MrsBrown176
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

My husband and I booked this overnight stay as our joint Christmas present - it wasn't cheap but it was so worth it! You check in at 2pm and are warmly welcomed in the car park before being shown to your luxury lodge. We stayed in Amur Tiger and there's everything you could possibly need in there, so comfortable and... More 

1 Thank Jo F
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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130 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

We booked an overnight stay and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A night in a well equipped log cabin, an evening meal in the restaurant and a personalised tour of the large collection of wild cats large and small. We even hand fed some of them even the larger ones! It is an expensive place to go but all the proceeds... More 

Thank AndyAquila
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1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015 via mobile

I purchased the overnight stay in one of the lodges for my girlfriends birthday. We arrived on the 16th December, staff met us at the gate and welcomed us. We were taken to our lodge and told to meet at the main centre in an hour to have afternoon tea and start the tour. What can I say! It was... More 

1 Thank Danny J
Kent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

Wow, what a place. If you like your big cats then you will absolutely love this!!! We took our severely autistic son for a Big Cat encounter as he is Lion mad! We were greeted in the car park by Nigel who was then our Keeper and expert for the morning. A perfect match for us as he turned out... More 

1 Thank Penny S
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

We signed up for a Big Cat experience through Secret Escapes. We arrived at the gates, singing the Jurassic Park theme tune as they opened. We were instantly welcomed by a cheery staff member from our car and escorted to our lodge for the night - a lovely wooden cabin with five star bathroom (robes & slippers!), cosy bedroom and... More 

2 Thank EmaleeLer
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Superb lodge for the overnight stay. Excellent communication from an absolutely dedicated & enthusiastic team. All food was delicious & plentiful. Bar choices were adequate, especially as that is not what WHF is about. All the above was a bonus added to the opportunity to be so close to such a variety of well cared for & loved cats. PS.... More 

2 Thank Phil J

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