About The Big Cat Sanctuary

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


The Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent is a centre dedicated to the conservation of wild cats, with the objectives of welfare, breeding, education and conservation. The initiatives undertaken are a vital part in saving some of the planet’s most endangered and iconic species from extinction. 

The Sanctuary is proud to have contributed to the accredited global breeding programmes as well as donating to in-situ conservation projects. The centre offers personal big cat experiences including overnight stays, photography workshops, ranger days and educational tours.

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Paul Hollywood joins as an Ambassador

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Paul Hollywood joins as an Ambassador

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