Wildlife Heritage Foundation



Wild Life Heritage Foundation Big Cat Sanctuary

The Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent is the UK’s leading wildlife sanctuary working toward the conservation of endangered Big Cats. As a result they are also able to offer the public an amazing educational experience when it comes to the preservation of these magnificent maneaters! For more information about their epic Big Cat Keeper Days, read on.

£350 (1 person)

Big Cat Ranger for a Day – Weekends

An amazing day with the Big Cats at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent! And because these guys specialise in conservation you could have a white lion or a lynx in your care!

£275 (1 person)

Big Cat Ranger for a Day – Weekdays

Take advantage of this ‘weekday’ special from the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent, and save £75! Bring your camera and get ready to learn heaps about lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars!

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£249 (1 person)

Big Cat Encounter (Weekends)

Handfeeding Big Cats and more! Love to learn more about these beautiful beasts? Well The Wildlife Heritage Foundation’s Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent is the purrrfect place!

£199 (1 person)

Big Cat Encounter (Weekdays)

If you are a Big Cat fan, you will love this experience! You will learn all about Big Cats as you tour the sanctuary and even get to hand feed these amazing animals!

About The Wildlife Heritage Foundation

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”.

Where Is The Wildlife Heritage Foundation?

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.

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