Big Cat Sanctuary

In the heart of the English countryside in Smarden, Kent, is a 38 acre site housing more than 50 cats, from the smallest in the world (the Rusty Spotted Cat) to the largest in the world (the Amur Tiger) to the most endangered in the world (the Amur Leopard).

This is the Big Cat Sanctuary, created by the Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF). The site is not open to the public but visitors can book exclusive Big Cat Experiences including Big Cat Encounters, Ranger Days, Photographic Workshops and Big Cat Adoptions as well as the Overnight Big Cat Safari.

By booking an experience, visitors are supporting important conservation work, and they can be confident that the funds raised are helping improve the lives of big cats on site and in the wild in projects around the globe.

WHF promotes and funds field conservation projects, providing a research base for people interested in the study of big cats in captivity. WHF delivers a visitor education programme that promotes the importance of biodiversity and the role of the top predator in the wild. WHF is also developing the centre as a wildlife haven for UK native species.

WHF is a member of EAZA and also the European Endangered Species Programme, which works to save the world’s endangered big cats from extinction.


“We all strive to support breeding and conservation of wildlife but if we do not invest and help save the land, there will be no habitat for our wildlife to survive. The work of the World Land Trust is imperative to us all. Keep up the great work.”

Lynn Whitnall, a Trustee of the Wildlife Heritage Foundation

Conservation with World Land Trust

Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF) was established in 2002 by the owners of Paradise Wildlife Park, a long term supporter of BIAZA and World Land Trust. The Trustees of WHF are keen to support WLT-BIAZA fundraising initiatives.