Big Cat Sanctuary Open Days

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Steve B
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Big Cat Sanctuary Open Days

Postby Steve B » Tue 13 Mar 2018, 13:23

The Big Cat Sanctuary is a sanctuary specialising in the conservation of big cats located in Smarden, Kent. It holds in excess of 50 cats including African lions, White lions, Amur leopards, North Chinese leopards, Snow leopards, Amur tigers, Sumatran tigers, Cheetah, Lynx, Fishing cats, Jaguars, Pallas cats, Pumas, Rusty Spotted cats, Jungle cats and Servals. It is normally closed to the public, but has four open days annually - this year on 26, 27, 28, 29 July. The sanctuary also runs (expensive) photography days.

Numbers for the public open days are limited on a first come first served basis and can be booked here http://thebigcatsanctuary.org/events/. The cost is £20.

I have booked my place for Saturday 28 July and would welcome companions! I have never been and so cannot attest to photography conditions on the day.

If you rely on public transport bear in mind it is a 2 mile walk from Headcorn station (or infrequent bus plus 1 mile walk).

Steve
Sarahrs
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Re: Big Cat Sanctuary Open Days

Postby Sarahrs » Tue 13 Mar 2018, 16:07

Ohh! Sounds interesting. Will let you know when I book a ticket.
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davidb
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Re: Big Cat Sanctuary Open Days

Postby davidb » Tue 13 Mar 2018, 17:10

I have my eticket for 28th July.

Looking at National Rail Enquiries - although it's not yet possible to pre-order tickets for July -
The nearest station would appear to be Headcorn
East Croydon to Headcorn costs £26.70 (or £17.65 with a Railcard)

Departing EC at 09:21, arriving Headcorn 10:44 (but may be subject to change either to the timetable or engineering).
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David A Beard.
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davidb
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Re: Big Cat Sanctuary Open Days

Postby davidb » Tue 01 May 2018, 08:48

Within the last two month The Big Cat Sanctuary has lost two of it's Clouded Leopard and one Sumatran Tiger.

Ben, the Clouded Leopard, passed away in March while his mate, Mandalay, seems to have died of a broken heart in April. Lumpur (aka Lumpy), the Sumatran Tiger, also died in April.

At this rate there'll be nothing to visit in July!

It looks like Steve B and myself are confirmed visitors with Sarah S a possible. Anyone else interested?
Regards

David A Beard.

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