Education - The Big Cat Sanctuary


The Big Cat Sanctuary is proud to introduce our new educational visits, aimed to suit students of all ages and abilities.

Through workshops, tours and sensory experiences, students can learn all about the care of wild cats at the sanctuary and the threats they face in the wild. Exploring issues such as climate change, deforestation and the illegal wildlife trade, pupils will discover how we as human beings have shaped our world and the habitats within it. We aim to educate and inspire students on both the negative impacts we are having on our planet and the animals that reside here, as well as the positive initiatives that have been introduced to protect Earth and it’s inhabitants. Environmental education helps to empower young people and fosters a sense of personal responsibility by encouraging them to ‘think global, act local’ in order to live more sustainably.

The Big Cat Sanctuary offers a range of onsite educational content as well as outreach sessions from our team of educators. We cater for all school year groups, including higher education institutions, and groups from voluntary and charitable organisations. All abilities and SEND are welcome. Each educational visit can be tailored to compliment topics and learning objectives from the British National Curriculum and is enhanced by the use of presentations, wild cat artefacts, seized custom items, and meeting the cats themselves. There are 40 wild cat species across the world, 14 of which we currently have here at the sanctuary. We aim for everyone to leave excited and enthused about our cats, both big and small, and their conservation.

Please see below for the options available to educational groups.  Contact us directly to discuss booking an educational visit. Visits both on and offsite are only offered Monday —Friday and are based on a first come, first served basis. Call us on 01233 439150 or email

Excite and inspire your students with an education visit to The Big Cat Sanctuary!


Educational Tour

Visit the Big Cat Sanctuary to enjoy a tour of our wonderful cats led by a member of our education team. See our cats up close and learn about their species, habitats and threats in the wild.


Workshop Options

An exciting opportunity to learn all about our resident cats and the big cat world. Choose a topic and participate in an interactive and fun Big Cat Workshop with one of our educators, enhanced with big cat artefacts. A guided tour of our magnificent cats completes a perfect visit.


Workshop Options

Aimed at students 16 years old and above studying A-Levels, diplomas or degrees. Higher Education sessions include a presentation from one of our educators based on a topic of your choosing and a guided tour of the sanctuary to meet our beautiful big cats.


Virtual Education Information


Due to an increased demand in virtual talks we are pleased to introduce our brand new virtual education workshops! These workshops will be tailored around a topic of your choice and can even include a virtual trip to meet one of your favourite cats. Click below to find out more!


Outreach Information

Invite The Big Cat Sanctuary to your classroom with our off-site school visits.

One of our expert educators will bring a little piece of the sanctuary to you! Each visit is based on a topic of your choosing, enhanced with interactive activities, big cat artefacts and seized customs items.


SEND Visits

Our quiet and secluded sanctuary is perfect for any students with special educational needs and our site is fully accessible for disabled visitors. We offer shorter workshops which are extremely interactive encouraging students to learn through multi- sensory methods.


Downloadable Resources

Our education team has put together a range of free downloadable learning resources to help you make the most of your visit to The Big Cat Sanctuary!