Big Cat Experiences

Animal Experiences
Take a walk on the wild side with an exciting animal experience day

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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.   


Be a Big Cat Ranger for a Day in Kent
From £275 (weekday) to £350 (weekend)

Be a Big Cat Ranger for a Day in Kent

Have a hair-raising animal encounter at the WHF Big Cat Sanctuary and become a big cat ranger for the day.  You'll help one of the keepers their daily tasks such as preparing food and feeding the resident cats, cleaning out the enclosures and making sure the site remains in pristine condition.  You'll also have a tour of the big cat enclosures which enables you to learn all about the unique qualities of each species and the conservation efforts being carried out by the sanctuary. Enjoy a light buffet lunch as part of the experience.  Buy this experience through Red Letter Days  
You can also go for a Big Cat Encounter at The Big Cat Sanctuary


Tiger Encounter for Two at Dartmoor Zoo in Devon

Tiger Encounter for Two at Dartmoor Zoo

Enjoy complimentary refreshments in the Jaguar Restaurant before you meet one of the keeper team who will tell you about your visit. There's a health and safety briefing.  Then it's off to one of the tiger enclosures when you'll go behind the scenes and come face to face with a magnificent Siberian Amur tiger.  It's a great chance to ask the keepers about the big cats and to take photos. Enjoy lunch back at the Jaguar Restaurant and at the end of your visit you'll be given a certificate to remember your amazing experience!   Find out more from Virgin Experience Days


Become a Big Cat Keeper at Dartmoor Zoo for Two People

Become a Big Cat Keeper at Dartmoor Zoo for Two
Your experience will involve interaction with 5 different species, including lions, jaguars and tigers.  Start with an induction and safety briefing, then it's off for food preparation, feeding, helping out with daily events and working with the animals!  There's lunch in the Jaguar Restaurant enjoying wonderful views over the enclosures.  Find out more  from Virgin Experience Days


Luxury Lodge Stay with Dining and Hand Feeding Experience for Two at The Big Cat Sanctuary

Luxury Lodge Stay with Dining and Hand Feeding Experience for Two at The Big Cat Sanctuary

Oh my goodness, this sounds amazing and it would be a real treat for anyone who loves big cats, perhaps for a very special occasion! You'll be greeted and shown to your luxury lodge when you arrive, and then tuck into a sparkling afternoon tea, overlooking the lion enclosure.  There's a VIP tour with a Keeper, introducing you to over 50 cats (15 different species) inlcuding Maya from BBC2's Big Cats About the House.   Take part in a range of unique activities before heading back to your lodge to relax and get ready for your evening meal. Pre dinner drinks, a sumptuous 3 course dinner prepared by the on-site chef - and better still, you're face to face with African lions, separated by glass.  After a night surrounded by the Big Cats, there's a full English breakfast and a morning tour with a Keeper - when you'll hand-feed one of the cats... Your overnight stay is available Monday Wednesday and Thursday. Exclusions may apply.  Find out more from Virgin Experience Days 


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.  

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