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Wildlife Heritage Foundation

Headcorn Road, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
01233 771915
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Smarden
Owner description: Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) is a leading animal conservation charity. It was established to coordinate the management and operation of the Big... more » 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. « less
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Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING. Cant praise this place enough. Just come back from a night away in there on site lodges with a guided tour and it was unforgettable. Lodges were stunning, cats just out of this world (NARNIA being the best) and the staff just simply amazing. To have that much knowledge and passion by everyone just makes the experience... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 NEW

We stayed in the Amur Tiger Cabin for an overnight experience, Woken at 3am by the Lion's roars (magical surreal experience). Arrived to an afternoon tea, staff were amazing, friendly and very keen to help in any way possible. Had a tour of the site and got to go into the enclosure with one set of cats. So close you... 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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Herne Bay
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

What an experience to be able to feed a Tiger. Nigel was our guide, a really nice guy, very passionate about the cats, very knowledgable. There was no rush to our tour and Nigel aimed to give us the best experience. it was such a privilege to be able to see all of the cats up close. The Wildlife Heritage... More

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tucson
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is a private breeding center, only open by appointment. I did the group photo tour, which costs more than a regular tour, but is fantastic for photographers. We got to go beyond the barrier railings to put our camera through the fence. The staff use meat chunks to entice cats to walk towards the camera. The staff photographer is... More

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