Big Cat Ranger For A Day – Weekends

A big cat zookeeper experience for one person at the WHF Big Cat Sanctuary  – Kent
Wild Life Heritage Foundation Big Cat Sanctuary

Included in your awesome Big Cat Keeper for a day experience: 

  • A six hour Big Cat Keeper experience
  • A guided tour of the sanctuary
  • Light buffet lunch and tea, coffee & softdrinks
  • A behind the scenes insight look at how Big Cats are cared for
  • Getting your hands dirty doing real Big Cat Keeper work
  • Meet lions, tigers, pumas, leopards, lynx, jaguars & cheetahs
  • Meet some of the rarer species too (eg. white lions)
  • Photo opportunities of you with the Big Cats
  • Spectators are welcome at an additional charge of only £75pp

 

 £350

Things to know, before you go:

  • Minimum age 18.
  • The total distance of the site is approximately 800 metres and there is a lot of walking involved so you must be able-bodied and reasonably fit.
  • There may also be some bending and lifting involved, please advise the staff on the day of the experience if you are unable to take part in these activities. If you are unsure, please check with your doctor before booking.
  • Women in the early stages of pregnancy are asked to consult their doctor or midwife before booking
  • This experience is available on selected weekends throughout the year.
  • We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available.This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher. All bookings are subject to availability.
  • Spectators aged 18 plus are welcome at a charge of £75, which includes accompanying the voucher holder, lunch and the opportunity to take photographs. Please confirm this at the time of booking.
  • Disabled participants are welcome; the site is accessible to all except in very wet weather when the grass surface may not be suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Lunch will be provided but there is a café onsite should you want anything else.
  • The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.
  • A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.
  • All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and a voucher and booking information will be sent to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.

 

 £350

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by Amanda on
"Big Cat Ranger"

This was an amazing experience and a huge privilage to get so close to these amazing cats. The customers ranger was very friendly and knowledgable. 'Being able to stroke a cheetah, Wow!'. The tigers were beautiful

by ShbfromKent on
“Ranger For A Day - Worth Every Penny :-)”

Let me start by saying that the Ranger for a Day experience is not cheap. In fact , the suggested 'donation' for a friend to accompany you is not cheap either. But it is worth every penny. Briefly you accompany one of the keepers on their rounds and help with their job. That includes de-pooing the enclosures, picking up any bones that have been left, a spot of weeding, leaving food for the animals that are due to be fed, a spot of and feeding if you are lucky, and any and everything else that the keepers have to do. In the process you get up close and personal with some fabulous animals and some lovely, dedicated and passionate people. As I say, worth every penny. So if you have an animal lover in your life and you really want to spoil them, try this. Can't afford this, then there are a couple of less expensive options. The best bit ? Hand feeding the rusty spotted cat ? Hand feeding the tigers ? Helping with training the cheetah ? No, can't choose. Go and find your own best bit ! ( Actual experience may differ from that described but will still be awesome ! )

Visited July 2013

£350

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What You Get

Included in your awesome Big Cat Keeper for a day experience: 

  • A six hour Big Cat Keeper experience
  • A guided tour of the sanctuary
  • Light buffet lunch and tea, coffee & softdrinks
  • A behind the scenes insight look at how Big Cats are cared for
  • Getting your hands dirty doing real Big Cat Keeper work
  • Meet lions, tigers, pumas, leopards, lynx, jaguars & cheetahs
  • Meet some of the rarer species too (eg. white lions)
  • Photo opportunities of you with the Big Cats
  • Spectators are welcome at an additional charge of only £75pp

 

 £350

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Need to Know

Things to know, before you go:

  • Minimum age 18.
  • The total distance of the site is approximately 800 metres and there is a lot of walking involved so you must be able-bodied and reasonably fit.
  • There may also be some bending and lifting involved, please advise the staff on the day of the experience if you are unable to take part in these activities. If you are unsure, please check with your doctor before booking.
  • Women in the early stages of pregnancy are asked to consult their doctor or midwife before booking
  • This experience is available on selected weekends throughout the year.
  • We recommend you book at least four weeks in advance to ensure that dates are available.This is only a guideline and we advise you to book as early as possible to ensure that dates are available before the expiry date listed on your voucher. All bookings are subject to availability.
  • Spectators aged 18 plus are welcome at a charge of £75, which includes accompanying the voucher holder, lunch and the opportunity to take photographs. Please confirm this at the time of booking.
  • Disabled participants are welcome; the site is accessible to all except in very wet weather when the grass surface may not be suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Lunch will be provided but there is a café onsite should you want anything else.
  • The centres contracted with us hold public liability insurance. We also hold contingency liability cover. You will not be liable for accidental damage to equipment, except where damage has been caused as a result of recklessness or wilful negligence.
  • A cancellation indemnity, subject to terms, is included with every voucher.
  • All you have to do is pay for the experience you wish to purchase and a voucher and booking information will be sent to you or directly to the recipient, then you just need to check the info and book your experience.

 

 £350

+
Reviews

There are currently 3 reviews for this Zoo Keeper Day Experience. Submit your own.

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by Rebecca Wood on

Fab!

by Amanda on
"Big Cat Ranger"

This was an amazing experience and a huge privilage to get so close to these amazing cats. The customers ranger was very friendly and knowledgable. 'Being able to stroke a cheetah, Wow!'. The tigers were beautiful

by ShbfromKent on
“Ranger For A Day - Worth Every Penny :-)”

Let me start by saying that the Ranger for a Day experience is not cheap. In fact , the suggested 'donation' for a friend to accompany you is not cheap either. But it is worth every penny. Briefly you accompany one of the keepers on their rounds and help with their job. That includes de-pooing the enclosures, picking up any bones that have been left, a spot of weeding, leaving food for the animals that are due to be fed, a spot of and feeding if you are lucky, and any and everything else that the keepers have to do. In the process you get up close and personal with some fabulous animals and some lovely, dedicated and passionate people. As I say, worth every penny. So if you have an animal lover in your life and you really want to spoil them, try this. Can't afford this, then there are a couple of less expensive options. The best bit ? Hand feeding the rusty spotted cat ? Hand feeding the tigers ? Helping with training the cheetah ? No, can't choose. Go and find your own best bit ! ( Actual experience may differ from that described but will still be awesome ! )

Visited July 2013

£350

What to expect on your Big Cat Keeper Day

This is a Big Cat Keeper Day with a difference as the Wildlife Heritage Foundation specialises in just ferocious felines, so if you want to see how the experts do it, you’ve picked the right experience. At the sanctuary they have no less than 15 species of cat and we aren’t talking your ordinary housepet type. There are lions (including white lions), tigers (including the most endangered species on the planet, the Amur tiger), leopards, pumas, jaguars, cheetahs and lynx and more! Enough to satisfy any Big Cat craving you may have.

 

Your super six hour experience will start off with a meet, greet and refreshments with your Big Cat Keeper guide for the day, who will brief you on the day’s expected activities & any safety information you will need and then give you a personalised tour around the sanctuary. Your Big Cat Keeper guide is a professional keeper so you will learn a lot even this early in the day, and feel free to ask any questions you may have.

 

Then the real working day begins and you will take part in the kinds of daily activities a Big Cat Keeper must perform in order to promote the happiness, health and general well being of the Big Cats. This includes keeping the enclosures tidy, the maintenance of the Big Cats homes, preparing their food, & delivering food to the Big Cats. If you are lucky you might also get to assist in Big Cat training or if the Big Cats are in a suitable mood, even hand feed one!

 

All this work, but fun, informative and exciting work, might well make you hungry, but never fear the guys at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation will have prepared a light buffet lunch & more tea, coffee or softdrinks for you. You can take this opportunity to reflect on your day so far and think up more questions for your guide.

 

The rest of the day is more Big Cat Keeper work as there are a lot of these marvellous man-eaters on site! Time and time again you will get to be up close and personal with these amazing creatures and there will also be plenty of opportunity for photos as well. This is a fantastic day, and an awesome experience, if you thought you were mad about Big Cats before this, you will find that after this Big Cat Keeper day your obsession might well have grown! And better yet, you will have a far deeper understanding of what makes these magnificent beasts tick, and what goes into their ongoing care and conservation.

Wildlife Heritage Foundation Big Cats
Big Cats at Wildlife Heritage Foundation
Big Cats at Wildlife Heritage Foundation

About the Zoo

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation began in 2000, when the owners of Paradise Wildlife Park looking to expand and interested in the already existing Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden, Kent, with a view to establish a Conservation Centre of Excellence.

The foundation is home to over 15 different types of Big Cat including lions, tigers, pumas, leopards, lynx, jaguars & cheetahs. The Wildlife Heritage Foundation is 38 acres of mostly open grasslands, but has also established upon this land, six breeding centres, each with a main big cat house and three outdoor enclosures for each centre, eighteen outdoor spaces in total.

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation operates under zoo licencing so must abide by strict requirements in place with regards to the conditions provided for both animals and guests at the sanctuary, but is also registered charity with a vision statement of “Conservation, Procreation, Liberation — Small steps for Big Cats”.

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Where It’s At

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation is located in Smarden, Ashford off Headcorn Road. To get there once on the M20 leave at Junction 8 and follow the brown tourist signs indicating the directions for Leeds Castle. Keep going for approximately 3 miles on the B2163 until you see the A274 junction at which you will need to turn left towards Sutton Valence and Headcorn. At the end of the main street in the village, but before you come to the railway bridge, turn left towards Egerton and Smarden. Follow the railway until you go under a low bridge, turn right through the entrance via the Marley Farm Industrial Estate.

Finding The Best Price

Because we specialise in just Zoo, Safari Park and Wildlife Park experiences we are able to find you the lowest prices from a wide range of well known online gift stores. We scan these stores regularly for their latest prices and offers and will always recommend the lowest priced vouchers on our sales pages. When you make your decision on which zoo keeper experience day is for you, we will transfer you directly to the sales carts or information pages of these stores, so that you can make your purchase. Alternatively, if you would like to browse all of the zoo and other animal keeper experiences available from all of the Big 5 online gift stores, visit our ‘Latest Deals‘ listing. This will show you in a comparison table the prices for our Zoo Keeper for a day experiences from all five of the online stores.

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