The Big Cat Sanctuary

'protection is our passion'

The Big Cat Sanctuary

The Big Cat Sanctuary is set in the heart of the countryside at Smarden, in Kent.

The peace and tranquillity of the site provides a sanctuary and excellent conditions for the successful breeding of the beautiful, yet endangered cats both large and small within the European Endangered Species Breeding Programme.

To raise much needed funds the charity relies on donations and specialised experiences, including Ranger for the Day, Big Cat Encounters, Photographic Workshops, Overnight Big Cat Safari Experience and Big Cat Adoptions.

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Christmas Gift Shop

Our Christmas Gift Shop will be open to the general public from Monday 20th November until Saturday December 23. You can visit us from 11am until 2pm every day and enjoy a bit of big cat retail therapy!

No need to call ahead, just buzz at our main gate and say you are here to shop! Please note that this does not offer any opportunities to tour the site or see the cats.

Don’t worry if you can’t get to us to make your purchase as you can now shop online!

2018 Calendars back in stock

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Snow Leopards Yarko & Laila at work, rest and play!


Experience our big cats up close and personal. Our experiences range from big cat encounters, photography to luxury over night stays.

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The Big Cat Sanctuary offer a truly unique setting for all kinds of events including, weddings, team building and corporate.

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