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Wildlife Heritage Foundation

Headcorn Road, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
01233 771915
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Owner description: Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) is a leading animal conservation charity. It was established to...
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Owner description: Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) is a leading animal conservation charity. It was established to coordinate the management and operation of the Big Cat Sanctuary and to raise awareness and money to help fund in-situ conservation projects around the globe. The Big Cat Sanctuary is not open to the general public and can only be visited as part of a pre-arranged exotic animal experience or by joining one of our photographic workshops. The Big Cat Sanctuary is located in Kent, England. The site is 34+ acres in size and is quite open with large grass expanses and natural ponds. The enclosures are suited to the types of cats housed. The Sanctuary is home to over 50 large and small cats, some of which are within the European Endangered Species Breeding Programmes (EEP's)Amur tiger, Sumatran tiger, Fishing cat, Jaguar, Lynx, Serval, Jungle cat, Snow leopard, Amur leopard, Black leopard, Clouded leopard, Pallas Cats, White lions, Tawney lions, Rusty Spotted cat, Cheetah, Hybrid tigers, Puma and North Chinese leopard and may be more when you visit as we are always expanding!!The current specialist experiences which are held at WHF are: A Walking Safari with an overnight Lodge experience; Ranger Days; Big Cat Encounters; Cat Adoptions; Photographic Workshops for all abilities; Family Days. For up to date information you can visit our website or follow us on Twitter or FaceBook. Thank you for visiting us on Tripadvisor if you have visited please leave a review to let others know what you thought. This is important to us.The WHF Team.

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Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom
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117 reviews 117 reviews
34 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Visited with a group from work on a private tour and it was great being the only visitors. The young man that showed us around was the grandson of the original founder and was so passionate and knowledgable. It was awful weather and some of the cats didn't want to venture out of their cosy dens but did come when... More 

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 via mobile

As an early Christmas present for my mum, we thought this would be a great family experience. The staff were excellent, in particular Emma, who was very accommodating and knowledgeable. I would recommend this to any animal lovers who want to have an up close experience with wild animals.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We are a Beaver Colony located very close to this, we went for a Beaver meeting to work in with there Photography Badge, Animal Friends badge and a couple of areas of the Challenge Badges, the Beaver Scouts, Helpers and Leaders, we all had a fantastic time, we had a couple of keepers and a couple I think we're vets... More 

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Kettering, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Thank you very much to Jason the Pro Photographer and Freddie the Ranger for a very amazing 1-1 Photographic Workshop day at this cat sanctuary! It was a present to my partner and he loved the day and has now over 1000 amazing pics of all different cats. We were allowed into the enclosures of the jungle cat, the cheetahs... More 

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Larkfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I bought a one to one photographic day for my husband's birthday and I went along as a guest. It wasn't cheap but ..... we had two people with us from 0900 hrs until we left at 1600 hrs. We had 3 hours in the morning of meeting the big cats and being able to take some really great photos,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Staff friendly, professional and informative. Site well layed out, clean and animals obviously loved and cared for. I was nervous about feeding and stroking big cats but due to the staff being so calm and encouraging did it. Two male lions look in on you as you are taking your meals and great photos of shot of looking over my... More 

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

One to one photo session is great day out for amateur or pro. Andy the site manager and pro photographer is a star !!! Well worth the money

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

If, like us, you like wildlife and Photography, then this is a (full) day out not to be missed. You will find and see , in most cases ( some are shy and hide) many different species of cats, both big and very, very small (rusty spotted cat) don't blink you will miss her! This day out has now become... More 

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Liphook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

We booked a photographic day for 4 of us as a celebration for a 21st birthday. We had a dedicated staff member who knew the animals and obviously handled them daily and a professional photographer who is part time with us the whole day. We had the opportunity to photograph all the animals from the interior fence which is a... More 

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Reading - England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This is one of the most amazing places to visit and a very worthy charity indeed. There are lots of ways to experience this fantastic place and see some of the most amazing species of big cats in the world. My husband and I have both treated each other to an experience to feed a big cat it was a... More 

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