Peter’s Birthday visit to Sanders Charity of the Year
As you may well be aware with Peter’s like of big cats it only seemed fitting to make the Big Cat Sanctuary, in Smarden Kent, our charity of the year for a second time.
Therefore, to celebrate Peter’s BIG BIRTHDAY, as one of his presents, Lisa treated him to an overnight stay in one of the many on-site lodges.
You could be mistaken for thinking that you are in Kenya rather than Kent, sat in the sun with the roar of lions in the background.
If you like big cats and have never been, please make sure that you stick this on your to do list!
The overnight stay started with a welcome glass of bubbly and afternoon tea in the conservatory overlooking the African Lion enclosure, before we were given an insightful two hour tour of the sanctuary with one of the dedicated team, meeting some of the planet’s most iconic and endangered cats. You will even get up close with some of the smaller cats when the keepers give health checks and enrichment, finding the cats are stimulated both mentally and physically, in order to provide a fulfilled life in captivity at the sanctuary.
Then it was back to the lodge to freshen up before a pre-dinner drink in the conservatory. We enjoyed a delicious three-course meal prepared by their chef. Whilst eating this fantastic food we were, once again, face-to-face with the two African lions brothers, with nothing but glass between us.
We then retired to the luxury cabin for a night cap and listen to the lions roar throughout the night.
Day two began by waking to the roar of the lions, followed by a full English breakfast etc. We then continued on our second VIP tour, meeting the rest of the feline residents. This is usually followed with the amazing opportunity to partake in the most unforgettable highlight, a chance to hand feed one of the big cats, however, due to the association with this charity James saw to it that we got to feed a few of the cats including the two Maya (the Jaguar) & Willow (the cheetah) which Giles had hand-reared and featured on the T.V. series.
Peter decided to mark the trip and his birthday with a donation to this very worthy of charities who really are a centre of excellence for endangered big cats.
As you will see from the photos we had a great time and cannot wait to visit again!