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Feed a big cat by hand

Your perfect guide to this King of Experiences. Feed a big cat by hand, and without losing your arm too. Yes, you read it right! This is the best and most nerve-tingling big cat experience you could wish for. And this is your definitive guide to how to choose the very best experience for you.

Snow leopard, a rare big cat

Feed a big cat experience – what’s it all about?

It does exactly what it says on the tin.

You visit a big cat enclosure, talk to the keepers, find out what these feline giants are really like, get up close and personal with them – close enough to touch, feel their hot predator breath on your face and look into their cool hunter’s eyes – and the visit climaxes in you holding a hunk of meat while your new furry friend eats it out of your hand.

You get to choose which cat you’d prefer to feed based on what magnificent gigantic felines your location has available and hungry at the time.

But a word of warning! We’ve known many people take one of these experiences determined to feed a lion, but when they get there, inspect the full complement of cats available, and have to make the choice, plump for a tiger. I don’t know what it is, whether it’s because tigers are just so much bigger and fiercer close to than the original King of the Jungle, or whether it’s because they’re stripy. Or even because people have fond memories of Tigger in Whnnie the Pooh! But don’t be surprised whatever your pussy of choice, if you end up choosing to feed a tiger! But it’s up to you.

There are variations depending on where you go as to how the rest of the day goes for you, but the basics of this fantastic thriller are the same. We’ll go into the differences later.

Isn’t big cat feeding dangerous?

Well it’s not something you’re recommended to do on your own or unsupervised!! These bad boys are not pets, and left to their own devices they’d much rather have you for tea than what you’re feeding them.

But the keepers know their lions (and tigers, and cheetahs, and snow leopards) and you get to feed them in a tightly controlled situation where they get to have their regular tea and you get to keep your arm.

(Though just to be on the safe side you need to make sure your tetanus jabs are up to date before going and children under 16 are strictly not allowed).

So what are the different experiences?

There are basically two experiences, one at the Paradise Wildlife Park near Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, and the other at the Wildlife Heritage Foundation in Kent.

Paradise Park is a lovingly cared-for zoo with lots of other animals, more than enough to spend the whole day with, and free entrance to the zoo is included as part of your day. We’ve been here many times, and the keepers are friendly and very knowledgeable, the animals are content and well cared-for, and it’s our favourite wild animal place. There’s loads to see and loads to enjoy.

The WHF centre is an animal sanctuary for big cats, isn’t open to the general public apart from for special events, and so has a different feel about it. You don’t get to roam about unsupervised before or after your large feline extravaganza, and the cats are less used to visitors as the purpose of the place is rehabilitation and sanctuary.

Where can I buy them?

All the major experience merchants sell these self-same two experience days under different names (you can tell which is which by the location) and we monitor them daily and post the latest most up-to-date prices for you so you can compare prices between them and take advantage of any special offers (2 for 1 is not unheard of). But when you’ve checked that it’s the same experience, we recommend buying from the cheapest.

Remember, like a lot of things, it’s cheaper midweek and costs a bit more at weekends too. We recommend a midweek visit if you can manage it because, apart from the price, it will be quieter with less other people around, and we prefer that.

Our merchants are the cream of the crop, trustworthy, reliable and keen to give you the day to remember at the lowest possible price.

So check them out here, with our up-to-the-minute prices, and treat yourself or a loved one now (Yes, they make a fantastic gift-with-a-difference! Imagine how thrilled YOU would be to receive one of these treats on a birthday or anniversary!) Simply confirm the location and content of your day, then buy while prices last.

Hertfordshire experiences

Meet And Feed The Meerkats At Millets Falconry Centre Picture
Meet And Feed The Meerkats At Millets Falconry Centre
Virgin experience days Logo £25.00
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Feed The Meerkats At Dartmoor Zoo Picture
Feed The Meerkats At Dartmoor Zoo
Virgin experience days Logo £30.00
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Meet And Feed The Meerkats For Two At Millets Falconry Centre Picture
Meet And Feed The Meerkats For Two At Millets Falconry Centre
Virgin experience days Logo £40.00
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Snow Leopard Feed And Fossa Training For Two Picture
Snow Leopard Feed And Fossa Training For Two
Activity Superstore Logo £99.00
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Feed The Big Cats At Paradise Wildlife Park Picture
Feed The Big Cats At Paradise Wildlife Park
Activity Superstore Logo £199.00
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Feed The Big Cats For One - Weekdays Picture
Feed The Big Cats For One - Weekdays
Virgin experience days Logo £199.99
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Feed The Big Cats For One - Weekends Picture
Feed The Big Cats For One - Weekends
Virgin experience days Logo £249.99
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Feed The Big Cats For Two - Weekdays Picture
Feed The Big Cats For Two - Weekdays
Virgin experience days Logo £299.99
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Kent experiences
Weekday Big Cat Encounter Picture
Weekday Big Cat Encounter
Red letter days Logo £199.00
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Big Cat Encounter - Weekdays Picture
Big Cat Encounter - Weekdays
Virgin experience days Logo £199.99
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Big Cat Encounter - Weekends Picture
Big Cat Encounter - Weekends
Virgin experience days Logo £249.99
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Feed a lion by hand

Feed a lion by hand?

Yes, that’s right, get the King of the Jungle to come right up to you like a big pussycat and take food right out of your hand!
You get to within inches of 150 kilos or one of the wildest and most cunning carnivores on the planet. You get to look in those cold, killer eyes, feel that hot steaming breath on your face, and touch that wonderful rich lion fur.

And – this is the good bit – it doesn’t eat you afterwards!

The whole lion feeding experience is carefully controlled by a highly skilled keeper, and you are separated from the animal by a cunningly designed fence that lets you feed him but stops him from ripping your arm off. Isn’t technology wonderful lol ?

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Feed a lion – can I feed a tiger instead?

Oh yes you can.

Depending on where and when you go on a big cat feeding day, you may even be able to feed cheetahs, leopards or other cats. It all depends what animals they have available on the day.

But you’ll always be able to feed a lion or a tiger at minimum if you buy a big cat feeding experience.

To help you decide, we’re written for you a comprehensive guide to the whole Big Cat Feeding Experience, where we cover the types of experience day available, the locations, and what happens on a typical day.

We also monitor the available feeding days available and bring you the very latest up to the minute prices so you can be sure you’re getting the very keenest prices available. And you’ll also be the first to take advantage of any special offers.
There’s actually quite a limited number of different ones available, but they’re marketed separately by all the major experience providers who may vary prices and make special offers independently of the others. So you’ll need to check out our full big-cat-feeding guide here

Feed a white lion by hand

the amazing White Lion
the amazing White Lion

Feed a white lion – what’s it all about?

This top animal experience is one of the select few you can pick that gives you the opportunity to actually feed a big cat by hand. Most people think it’s impossible, especially as the cats involved are wild animals and anything but pets. But with the proper instruction, and the right fence between you so that you don’t become dinner yourself (!) it’s an experience to end all experiences having one of these magnificent beings take food right out of your fingers.

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Where can I feed a white lion?

The only place that currently has white lions to feed is the lovely Paradise Wildlife Park near Broxbourne in Hertfordshire. We’ve been there many times, and absolutely love the place. The keepers are kind, friendly and very approachable, with an astonishing knowledge of the animals they are caring for, and a deep commitment to their welfare.
And in turn the animals show that feeling you only see in well-cared for and contented creatures.

Paradise Park doesn’t only have big cats, but also a wonderful range of exotic creatures in purpose-built enclosures where they can lead contented lives and be seen in superb quasi-natural environments. As part of your Feed a White Lion experience, you get free admission to the park for the day. And there’s so much to enjoy that after your visit, you won’t be able to wait to come back and take in all the animals you couldn’t fit in first time round!

Which other big cats can I feed?

You can feed regular lions, cheetahs, assorted leopards, and especially that largest and proudest of all the big cats, the tiger. The specific animals available for feeding depends on what they have available on the day – but you can always be sure that there are at least lions and tigers.

Tigers, in fact do turn out to be the favourite animals to be fed, and an awful lot of people who buy an experience hoping to feed something else, once they’ve clapped eyes on just how large, fierce, terrifying and stripey these bad boys are, just fall in love there and then and insist on feeding their tiger rather than whichever feline giant they had intended to feed when they bought the experience!

Fortunately, we’ve written you comprehensive guide telling you everything you need to know about experiences where you can feed a big cat by hand.
And in that guide we also monitor for you the very latest up to date prices so you can be sure of the keenest price when you buy. And you also get the benefit of any special offers as and when they happen – watch out for “two for one” deals!
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And finally, just in case you were looking for the chance to feed that classic eighties rock band White Lion we’d better say right away that you’ve come to the wrong place! But because we care about our customers, here’s a consolation video from Youtube of White Lion in concert in New York in 1988

Shadow a big cat keeper

The beautiful cheetah - fastest of all land mammals
The beautiful cheetah – fastest of all land mammals


Shadow a big cat keeper?

Getting to shadow a big cat keeper is a great way to get a good look behind the scenes at a big cat enclosure.

This superb day out gives you unprecedented access to the world of the zookeeper tending to the big cats, from mucking out, checking on their welfare, maintaining their enclosure to keep them safe and secure, to preparing their food and even feeding them at mealtime.

feeding a lion
Feeding a lion – but don’t get too close!

It’s quite a lot more than the straightforward “feed a big cat” day and you get to spend quite a bit longer with the staff and see parts of the cat house that you wouldn’t normally see.

Lions, tigers and cheetahs, to name but a few, will be in your care (closely supervised of course by your very knowledgeable keeper!). And we’ve found that the keepers for this experience at Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire are as friendly as they come, but have big cat knowledge second to none.
And even better, entrance to the park for the whole day is included, so if you’ve any time left when your shadowing experience is over, you can enjoy the many and varied collections of other wild animals that are living there.

As usual with animal experiences, the selfsame experience is sold by the major experience merchants, so when you’ve made sure that it is indeed the same experience, we recommend buying on price. Watch out for special offers too! We only partner with the best and most reputable suppliers, so you’ll be sure of a good deal. And because our prices are up to the minute, you can buy in the knowledge that you’re getting the very best price available.

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Feed a tiger by hand

Get close to the largest, most powerful and most fearsome of the big cats. And have him eating out of the palm of your hand.

Feed a tiger
Are you big enough to feed a tiger?

Feeding a tiger is the most fearsome big cat experience there is. Nobody who’s not been right up to this stripey giant and felt his steaming hot breath on their face or stared into those cold, predator eyes, can understand just how big, handsome and all-powerful a tiger is.
Well just try to imagine that. And imagine it bigger and bigger. And scarier and scarier. And stripier and stripier. And then some. And you’ll still be some way short of what magnificent creatures these biggest of big cats are.
But once you’ve done it, you’ll understand the fascination of this amazing creature.
And just imagine being able to say that you’ve actually held out some food for him, and he’s taken it out of your hand. And you’ve stroked him. And you have photos and videos to prove it.
Will your mates be green or what?

Well the good news is that we’ve put together the ultimate big-cat feeding experience guide where you can check out the experiences, compare prices and pick yourself the best possible deal for your day out of a lifetime.

Feed a tiger – how does it work?

Well what you do is buy a big-cat feeding experience, and choose your preferred big cat on the day.

There are two big-cat feeding centres, both in the South of England, where you’ll be able to feed a tiger. Just check out our comprehensive guide here, then book your big-cat feeding experience. Have a brilliant time talking to your friendly and knowledgeable keeper, finding out all about these monarchs of the feline world, and when you’ve looked at all the big cats on your visit, pick out your tiger and feed him (or her).