About - The Big Cat Sanctuary

The Big Cat Sanctuary


Protection is our passion.

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


The peace and tranquility 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.

The Big Cat Sanctuary History

The Big Cat Sanctuary's Vision & Mission Statements

Our Vision

  • To assist in the conservation of the world's endangered big cats
  • To preserve breeding integrity
  • To assist the return of big cats to the wild wherever possible

Our Mission Statement

To be recognised and respected as being a centre of excellence for endangered big cats

The Big Cat Sanctuary will achieve its mission by:


  • Providing a research base for people interested in the study of big cats in captivity
  • Delivering an education programme that promotes the importance of bio-diversity and the role of the top predators to all our visitors
  • Providing a research base for people interested in the study of big cats in captivity
  • Delivery an education programme that promotes the importance of bio-diversity and the role of the top predators to all our visitors