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The Big Cat Sanctuary

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Headcorn Road, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
+44 1233 771915
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Simply Breathtaking - The Premier alternative to a Zoo - stunning

A present for my wifes birthday, i booked a big cat experience. Excellent welcome from the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Richard G
Maidstone, United Kingdom
A truly memorable experience from the moment we arrived until we left!

This was a surprise birthday present for my partner. It was the best surprise he/we could of wished... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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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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Headcorn Road, Smarden TN27 8PJ, England
+44 1233 771915
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A present for my wifes birthday, i booked a big cat experience. Excellent welcome from the reception staff and coffee on arrival we were briefed about the experience. Our guide Sam was simply outstanding in knowledge, approach and clear passion for the cats and the...More

Thank Richard G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a surprise birthday present for my partner. It was the best surprise he/we could of wished for, it started with a warm welcome by Stacy who escorted us to our stunning private lodge followed by afternoon tea in the conservatory over looking he...More

2  Thank ingallgili
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went to a wedding there this great staff food and drink would higly recomend this venue everywhere was imaculatly clean

Thank Paul C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've been looking at booking the photography experience for a while and had always been put off by the cost. I decided last week that I really wanted to go so I rang and luckily they were able to accommodate me yesterday. Great communication via...More

1  Thank Sally L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is fantastic for cat lovers and conservationists. The staff and volunteers are very (very) knowledgeable about each individual cat and the 15 species they have, and they also want you to love the cats and the work that they do, as much as...More

1  Thank Lucy P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I bought this as a present for my partner for his birthday. It was originally via Red Letter. There was seemingly some initial issues around making the booking via Red letter, thus I made the booking direct through an agent at the sanctuary. When we...More

1  Thank Sunshine1970
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did the Big Cat Encounter for my husband's birthday, so he got to feed the cats, but we all benefitted from the tour and Maddie's enthusiasm and knowledge. Breathtaking views of these gorgeous creatures, a personal guided tour, really wonderful. It is quite expensive,...More

Thank ChristinaW70
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I reiterate with a passion all the positive comments made about this place, it really was well worth the money and a fantastic experience. Excellent it was adult only too. The only slightly negative comment I would make was about my main course for the...More

Thank lesley4132
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Well, where to start! From the welcome of my photographer coming to the car to greet us through to the Chef being on hand to discuss our lunch. Our photographer Alma was excellent she clearly knows and loves each and everyone of the cats. She...More

2  Thank Will B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had an overnight stay in Tiger Lodge and it was unforgettable! We arrived at the Jurassic Park like electric gates and were shown to our Lodge.This was extremely well appointed with plenty of space. Our first "wow" moment was walking to our table for...More

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November 20, 2017|
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Response from valwat1 | Reviewed this property |
no. they haven't been announced yet, they will appear on their website when the dates are decided
November 9, 2017|
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Response from animalgirlBerkshire | Reviewed this property |
I would have thought they could, as payment would I assume be by CC give them a call they are most approachable
November 5, 2017|
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Response from Rich D | Reviewed this property |
Hi Sorry no, we did just a day trip.