Sustainability - The Big Cat Sanctuary


The Big Cat Sanctuary is committed to a more sustainable future. Read below to see what changes we are making to help with our mission!


The Big Cat Sanctuary has partnered with Countrystyle recycling, a local waste management company. After several years of working with Countrystyle for its waste management, the new partnership has been agreed to drive waste segregation and recycling further as the Sanctuary plans for a more sustainable future. Click below to find out more!

Recycling with Countrystyle

Our Plastic Pledge

We recognise the detrimental affect that high levels of plastic waste have on our oceans and the wider environment. Over 80% of ocean plastic comes from land-based sources, with an estimated 8 million metric tons of plastics entering the oceans every year from land- based waste. The Big Cat Sanctuary’s team will work hard to reduce the amount of plastic used across our site, whether that be items in our gift shop and restaurant or those used by our animal care team.

Sustainable Purchasing

At The Big Cat Sanctuary we are making commitments to more responsible purchasing. This includes all sections of our site ranging from our onsite giftshop and kitchen to our cleaning and cat team. By carrying out an audit of items used and sold onsite we are able to better understand where we can make changes and become more responsible consumers. Learn about the changes we have made by following the link below!

Buying responsibly

Palm Oil

The Big Cat Sanctuary is committed to supporting a shift in demand from unsustainable to certified sustainable palm oil (CSPO), avoiding a blanket boycott. Unsustainable palm oil production is now one of the leading global threats to wildlife in palm oil producing areas, resulting in rapid deforestation and biodiversity loss across many tropical countries, particularly in South East Asia. 193 Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable species now have palm oil production as one of their main threats, including the beautiful Sumatran tiger. Click below to learn more!

Our palm oil policy

Our Carbon Footprint

The Big Cat Sanctuary is working hard to reduce its carbon footprint. By collaborating with local programmes we aim to make big changes onsite to help us on our path towards becoming carbon neutral. As a conservation charity we understand the need to set an example to our supporters and guests, and hope we can educate them to make positive changes. With climate change listed as a leading threat to some of the most threatened species we look after at the sanctuary, we understand that now is the time to take action!

Supporting native wildlife

Although focussed on conserving wild cat species around the world, we at The Big Cat sanctuary think it is important to also remember the wildlife right on our doorstep! The State of Nature 2019 report reveals that 41% of UK species studied have declined. It is important for us to ensure that The Big Cat Sanctuary is making changes to help support our local wildlife. Click the link below to learn more about how we are supporting our native species!

How do we support native wildlife