Thursday, 7 July 2016

Time to Take a Visit to... The Big Cat Sanctuary

The Big Cat Santuary in Smarden, Kent is home to a variety of over 50 wild felines. 

Managed by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) since June 2000, this 38 acre site enables all different types of cheetahs, leopards, lions, tigers and more to live in solid quietude no matter what their age. 

That is the direct aim of the registered charity (NO. 1104420) who are proud to have helped many big and small cats in the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), by welcoming them into a suitable environment like their original habitat.

With conservation work needing to be done frequently it is essential that the funds are continually available to complete these. 

In respect of the animals well-being this organisation chooses to open the site to the public just once in every twelve months, and for the rest of that duration, relying solely on donations and the assistance of volunteers to maintain its upkeep.

Last year my family and I attended one of the four open days. Entry tickets were reasonably priced and the car park was also free. Although we didn't stay until the closing time, four hours was enough for us to get to see all of those well cared-for cats and find out more about them too through the scheduled keeper talks.

A Birds of Prey display, arts and crafts stools and a bouncy castle were also nearby, as was plenty of hot and cold food options. The same goes for drinks too. All money spent over the Thursday to Sunday events is put straight back into the charity to allow them to carry on making a vital difference.

While donations can be made throughout the entire year there are other ways to contribute to not only this project, but to others similar around the world too. Adoption Packages, Be A Ranger for the day, Photography Workshops and a Luxury Overnight Lodge Stay (although the cost made my eyes water for this one) are a few examples.

2016 Open Days:

 Thursday 21st July - Sunday 24th July
11:00am - 5:00pm

Tickets are priced at £12.50 per person and must be pre-booked here.
 Under 5's are free.
(Please note that Saturday and Sunday is sold-out)
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