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Big Cat Experiences

Get close up and personal with the most majestic of animals - the Big Cat!  Big Cat experiences and encounters offer a special opportunity to meet those who care for these wonderful animals and find out what's involved in their daily care.   Some big cat encounters give you the chance to feed a big cat by hand, or to tour big cats and simply find out more about them and conservation efforts, or to practice your photography.   For Big Cat Keeper Experiences, click here.

Red Letter Days have kindly given us an exclusive offer - visitors from this website can enjoy 15% off their experiences as this website is part of the Animal Human Wellbeing family.  (Excludes special offers.)    Click here to see Big Cat Experiences available from Red Letter Days

Special offers on Big Cat Experiences

Special offers on Big Cat Experiences

Visitors straight from this website can enjoy 15% off animal experiences wtih Red Letter Days including Big Cats as Get Active with Animals is part of the Animal Human Wellbeing family.  (This does exclude any experiences already on special offer.)   Click here to see the Big Cat Experiences available through Red Letter Days.

Snow Leopard Feed and Fossa Training for Two

Snow Leopard Feed and Fossa Training for Two
Cumbria, Milnthorpe
Get up close and personal to a fossa ands now leopard at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Park in Cumbria.  Upon arrival you will be given a health and safety briefing before you are introduced to the resident fossa.  You'll take part in clicker training with the fossa through a mesh barrier - normally they reside in the forests of Madagascar.  Then it's off to meet and feed the snow leopards, also through a mesh barrier. Go to Activity Superstore for more information

Big Cat Encounter - Weekdays

Big Cat Encounter - Weekdays 
Take a midweek guided tour around the big cat sanctuary at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent.   Learn about the many different breeds, their habitats and conservation status. Thiis a great opportunity to find out how the Foundation is working to stop the extinction of these beautiful animals - and maybe find out how you can help.  The sanctury is not open to the public, so this experience is rather special   As well as the tour, you'll be invited to hand-feed one of the big cats.  Your big cat will reach up to the meet you place through the enclosure and take it from your grasp.  Go to Virgin Experience Days for more information

Breakfast with the Big Cats for Two Breakfast with the Big Cats for Two 
Two of you can enjoy a guided, informative tour of the Big Cats at Paradise Wildlife Park and then tuck into breakfast overlooking the tiger enclosure.  You'll be able to photograph these majestic animals to your heart's content, because this experience takes place before the Park is open to the general public. Spend the rest of the day exploring the park.  This special offer is available from Virgin Experience Days. Please note the Need to Know notes before purchase
Feeding Big Cats for Two in Hertfordshire

Feeding Big Cats for Two in Hertfordshire (Weekends only)
Usually £349, now £296
Head to Hertfordshire, where someone from the elite trained big cat team will introduce you to the enclosure and give you a health & safety briefing.  They'll be on hand to talk to you about the history of the big cat you feed, as well as the others they care for (such as snow leopards, tigers, jaguars and cheetahs). Enjoy the day at Paradise Wildlife Park, strolling around and seeing the animals and enjoying the Park's facilities!  This is a two to one experience with just the both of you and a park keeper.  Normally £349, but as a visitor from this website, you can enjoy it for just £296 from Red Letter Days.     You could save yourself about £50 and go for weekdays - click here to see Feeding Big Cats for Two in Hertfordshire (Weekdays) for £254 (was £299).

Tea with a Tiger in Hertfordshire

Tea with a Tiger in Hertfordshire
Usually £59, now £50

This is a great way for tiger lovers to gain insight into the world of the tiger with this guided tour, led by a member of the specialist Cat Team at Paradise Wildlife Park.  During the tour, head to the park's Cat Walk which overlooks the enclosures and gives great views of the tigers so that you can take some photos.  Then sit down in the Treetops Cafe and tuck into a delicious afternoon tiger tea whilst discussing all things tiger with a member of the Cat Team.  Enjoy access to the rest of the park too. You'll share the experience with up to 24 other tiger enthusiasts. This experience usually costs £59 but you can enjoy it for £50 from Red Letter Days as a visitor from this website.  You could also look at Breakfast with the Big Cats for one (was £95, now £80), you'll be part of a group of up to 20 people. 

 Big Cat Photography

Big Cat Photography
Usually £109, now £92 
Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside, or Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire
Would you love the chance to photograph lounging lions and tigers, and to get close-ups of cheetahs and jaguars?  This is a great experience for spending time close to big cats and taking shots of them with your camera.  Learn from the experienced host about camera settings that can enhance outdoor photography and use the zoom to get close shots while keeping a safe distance. There is a break for refreshments, and you'll finish with a summary of what has been learnt.  This experience is normally £109 but it is available for £92 from Red Letter Days for visitors from this website as it's part of the Animal Human Wellbeing family.

 Shadow a Big Cat Keeper Experience (Weekday)

Shadow a Big Cat Keeper Experience (Weekday - Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday)

Go behind the scenes at one of the UK's premier Big Cat gatherings. Get up close and personal with Lions, Tigers and Cheetahs! You can see for yourself what goes on into ensuring the Big Cats here are kept well and happy, as you shadow a Big Cat keeper for the day.  Start at 9am and take part in food preparation (be ready to cut up lots of raw meat - this isn't for the squeamish), cleaning out, enclosure maintenance and the other elements that make up the keeper’s day. After lunch at one of the onsite catering outlets, you can feed a Big Cat through the bars of the cage. After 2pm enjoy the rest of the day exploring the park & seeing the many animals there are there.  All for £275 from Buy a Gift  You can also buy this experience for the weekend for £350  - click here for details

Big Cat Ranger for a Day - Weekdays Big Cat Ranger for a Day - Weekdays
Kent £275.00
What an opportunity to help out with the care of these wonderful Big Cats!  Start off with a safety briefing, and then enjoy a guided tour of the site.  There are African Lions, 3 Tiger Species, Amur Leopards, Cheetahs and Snow Leopards on this site. Then it's to work, with one of the professional keepers, helping to clean and tend to the Big Cats and their enclosures.  Assist with feeding the cats (this bit is on selected days only).  For £275.00 from Virgin Experience Days.  You can also buy this experience for the weekend for £350 - click here for details 
Champagne Breakfast with the Snow Leopards for Two

Champagne Breakfast with the Snow Leopards for Two

After a welcome drink in the Discovery Centre at 8:30am, there's a tour of the Big Cat Territory before the park opens up to the public. Find out about each cat’s individual characteristics and personality and about the different Big Cat species at the park. Your tour will lead to a raised viewing platform at the Snow Leopard's enclosure.  Here you'll have exclusive use, and enjoy breakfast with a selection of breads, cheeses, cold meats, fruit, preserves, fruit juices, tea and coffee. There will also be champagne on ice. Being so close to these amazing big cats while you enjoy your breakfast is a truly special experience.  This is a very romantic way to start the day!  After breakfast, hand feed one of the park's smaller Big Cats, then enjoy the park for the rest of the day.   Available from Virgin Experience Days

 VIP Safari Tour at Longleat Safari Park (Adult)

VIP Safari Tour at Longleat Safari Park (Adult)
£325 This gift experience gives animal lovers & big cat lovers a great day out!  It's not limited to Big Cats, but you get to meet and feed the Animal Kingdom’s wonderful and most majestic animals:  feed the Lions, meet the Cheetahs and feed the Giraffes by hand!  There's a 4x4 tour of the Safari Park in the afternoon with a friendly and knowledgable guide, plus a behind-the-scenes tour of Animal Adventure, home to some of the park's smaller animals. Lunch is in Nico’s Grill Bar. Your VIP Tour will be in an exclusive truck with a maximum of 6 people in the group. Truly a day to remember! Click here for more info and/or to buy from Buy a Gift You can also buy this experience for an Adult and a Child - click here for details

Click here for details of Big Cat Experiences from Buy a Gift

Buy a Gift have several Big Cat experiences at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire or the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent. You can Shadow a Big Cat Keeper to find out what looking after a big cat is all about, or feed a big cat and get really close up and personal. Or there's Tea with the Tigers or Breakfast with the Big Cats.   You can even adopt a tiger at Paradise Wildlife Park!  There's also a VIP Safari Tour at Longleat Safari Park in Wiltshire.  Prices start at £50.

Click here for details of Big Cat Experiences from Buy a Gift


Watch out for age restrictions and check the Need to know, Important Info or Key Info before you buy.  BOOK EARLY and check the expiry dates on their vouchers.

Other Gift ideas for anyone who loves Big Cats!

Adopt a Big Cat
The receipient adopts a big cat for a year or less. The big cat does not come to live with you, but you receive information about him or her, news & updates about thier progress & know that your adoption is helping to conserve these wonderful animals

You can also adopt a big cat to help the People's Trust for Endangered Species in their conservation efforts through Buy a Gift

Please read the key info/important info from these providers on the experience pages before you buy...... It would be a good idea to check you are up to date with tetanus, for instance, & some experiences exclude pregnant women