The Big Cat Sanctuary is a charity focusing on the conservation of wild cats. The world’s big and small cats are all facing challenges which could lead many of them to extinction, The Big Cat Sanctuary aims to support on-the-ground in-situ conservation projects globally, as well as educational activities and public awareness campaigns. Hidden in the Kent countryside, the organisation is home to 48 cats across 15 different species, breeding to contribute to the global breeding programmes, and also offering homes to retired cats.
Every Individual Cat Counts
Housing such a diverse collection of cats, they strive to provide them with the best possible life in captivity.
Some of the cats are active within the coordinated international breeding programmes, which regulate responsible captive breeding of endangered cats to maintain a healthy captive population. Their cats are ambassadors, not only for the species in the wild, but also helping to secure the future of our natural world.
Big Cat Experiences
All the experiences available are exclusive and personal, delivering truly immersive encounters guaranteed to leave any animal lover with memories to treasure forever. These experiences include an Overnight Big Cat Safari – waking to the roar of the lions, various photographic workshops to cater for from beginners to experts, Big Cat Encounters – giving an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the planet’s most endangered cats and learn about the conservation efforts in place to help save them. Adoptions are also available to adopt your favourite cat and even visit the sanctuary to meet them.
You can visit these cats in Kent
The sanctuary offers personal big cat experiences, including an Overnight Big Cat Safari, where you get up close and personal with some of the world’s most endangered cats, and enjoy afternoon tea, a three-course meal and full English breakfast in our conservatory,
overlooking our African lion brothers as they sleep and roar the time away. The Big Cat Encounter is a guided tour of the amazing cats, giving an insight into The Big Cat Sanctuary’s conservation work, and even an opportunity to hand-feed one too. There are
photographic workshops, which are led by one of our professionals, who will tutor and assist you to capture awesome images, either in a group or individually. For those who like to get hands-on, there are Ranger Days, where you assist the keepers in the day-to-day duties of taking care of the cats. Adopters’ afternoons run throughout the summer months; adopt a cat of your choice and visit the sanctuary on one of the available dates. Various conservation events run at the centre, which is open all year, but by appointment only. The four annual open days are usually held in July of each year, with dates and tickets being released at the beginning of 2018.
Be a big cat champion, become a member
Membership helps fund welfare, breeding, conservation and education initiatives, providing the best possible environment, enrichment and care of their resident cats, as well as contributing to global conservation projects in breeding and protection, securing a future not only for wild cats, but also our natural world. You will receive an exclusive quarterly e-newsletter, which is filled with personal insights from managing director and big cat expert Giles Clark and the team, with updates on all of our cats and conservation projects. Members will receive a limited-edition pin badge; the first is Kasanga, the African lion who was a circus rescue, then a lone lion in a zoo – The Big Cat Sanctuary raised funds to
send him to a conservation facility in Uganda, to provide a wonderful future with two lionesses and hopefully have cubs. You will also get priority booking on events held at the sanctuary, and exclusive members-only opportunities.