Big Cat Encounter

You will be able to get up really close; participants have the opportunity to hand feed the cats.


A fantastic opportunity

To meet one of the professionals who look after the big cats and enjoy a guided tour of the site with the opportunity to hand feed two of the cats.

You will be able to get up really close; participants have the opportunity to hand feed the cats also. The cats will at all times remain safely in their enclosures.

Up to four guests are able to join you for a cost of £70 each (under 11s free) or for £99 per additional person to experience a hand feed! (Maximum group of 4)

Weekday Participant£199 or weekend participant – £249, plus cost of £70 per guest (maximum of 4 guests) or £99 for additional participants (maximum group of 4 people) Participants need to be 16 years +

Please note children under the age of 11 years are very welcome, they will however need to be supervised during the hand feeds by an additional adult.  To clarify a minimum of two adults must attend.

There is the option to add lunch in our conservatory, overlooking our African lion enclosure, either before the PM or after the AM experience.

Lunch will consist of a choice of either a luxurious ploughman’s platter or a hearty open sandwich, accompanied by a glass of Prosecco.



A unique experience to enjoy approximately 2 hours on a guided tour of some of the most endangered species of cat in the world; at our peaceful location in Kent.

Your tour guide will explain to you the conservation status of our Cats and how our work is helping to save many of them from extinction.

Useful information

Useful information

Unable to find your preferred date?  Please contact our Admin team on 01233 439150 to check availability.

Please note, Big Cat Encounter experience holders and participants must be aged 16 years & over

  • Please be advised, under 16s will not be allowed access through the safety fences or into the cat houses and will not be able to carry out hand feeds
  • Maya the jaguar and Willow the cheetah are not available for hand feeds on a Big Cat Encounter