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.
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 stripey. Or even because people have fond memories of Tigger in Winnie 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.