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Wildlife Heritage Foundation

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Address: Headcorn Road, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
Phone Number: 01233 771915
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Description: Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) is a leading animal conservation...
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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unbelievable just doesn't cover it!!!

I did the big cat encounter (with my wife as a guest). Our guide Alan was fantastic! He was a perfect host and very informative - thank you Alan. As if being allowed in the tiger... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I did the big cat encounter (with my wife as a guest). Our guide Alan was fantastic! He was a perfect host and very informative - thank you Alan. As if being allowed in the tiger house area surrounded by four tigers wasn't enough, the highlight was then feeding Pan the tiger up close and personal - an experience I... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Amazing stay at the Wildlife center stayed overnight in one of the Lodges which was immaculate, lovely food and ALL the staff are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Special mention to Briony who was our host. ALL the cats are amazing and beautiful, yes okay some are shy and don't like to parade around their enclosure but the one's that do... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Having now been to WHF for a photography day, a big encounter tour and on their open day, I have to say, I'm hooked! The passion that the staff show for their work is contagious and you can't help but want to get involved. The photography day was our first time at the sanctuary, we were escorted around by a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I attended a group photographic day and what a treat it was. The day itself was cold and miserable but it didn't matter. The cats were awesome and the staff were brilliant. They were so informative and you could see they really cared about the animals. If you need coaching in your photographic skills, there is someone there to help,... More 

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Welwyn, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

🐾🐾We have just had the most wonderful day.....the people who work here are just so dedicated to protecting & conserving these amazing animals. It is all down to the vision of Pete & Rachel who from Paradise Park in Broxbourne have developed this centre in Smarden, Kent. Our day was very special - my dad, Gus who is 87, loved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

My husband booked a photography day here for me for Christmas. Whilst I had to wait until April it was worth the wait. It was the most amazing day. Animals really well looked after. For me the day was hard to beat. Fantastic and can't recommend highly enough.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I have had the pleasure of visiting WHF for a number of years now and can't recommend it enough. The animals are absolutely beautiful and are cared for by such an amazing group of hard working and dedicated staff and volunteers. If you can afford the lodges then go for it as there is nothing better than waking up to... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My family bought me a Big Cat Encounter here for my birthday. It was a long way to travel from Cardiff but totally worth it. We had personal attention from Marina who accompanied us and she was very knowledgeable about the cats and the foundation. We got to see the cats close up and it is so much better than... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We visited the attraction for my wife's birthday. After a comprehensive briefing on health & Safety and general information about the site whilst siiting enjoying non-alchoholic drinks we were taken on a tour. Our first encounter was to be within a few feet of 2 full grown male lions. They must use very small lions in films as the 2... More 

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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The whole experience was amazing, the environment was clean and well thought out. Our guide was very informative & his love for the cats, their protection & welfare was very evident. To feed a snow leopard was one of the best experiences in my life. Other members of the group fed a lion & a tiger. The groups are small... More 

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