Don’t miss your chance to get up close with lions, tigers, cheetahs and snow leopards.

The Big Cat Sanctuary near Ashford will reopen to visitors next summer to support welfare, breeding, conservation and education programs in 2022.

But you will have to get your tickets quickly because only five open days are announced for the end of July.

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These will take place from Wednesday July 27 to Sunday July 31. There will be two sessions to choose from: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

These are the only days the park is open to the public, with the exception of special experience days booked in advance.

Next year will be especially exciting with the birth of a little male snow leopard, named Shen.

For these days at the end of July, people can visit the big cats that live on the site, including lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs, snow leopards and pallas cats.

Snow leopard Shen was born in September

There will also be discussions with the caretakers as well as a set of family activities.

This includes a wonderful variety of stalls and coffee stalls creating the atmosphere of a country-fayre.

Adult tickets cost £ 25, while children tickets will cost you £ 18.50.

Tickets can be purchased here.

What is the Big Cat Sanctuary?

An African lion is seen in its enclosure

The Big Cat Sanctuary is located at Headcorn Road, Smarden, Kent and is set on 32 acres of meadow.

It aims to provide a sanctuary for the breeding of endangered cats as part of the European Endangered Species Breeding Program.

Today, more than 50 cats live at the sanctuary – 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.

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