Feed a Big Cat

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Feed a big Cat!

Lions and Tigers exhibit incredible power and strength and are considered as some the most magnificent creatures on our planet. Hertfordshire Zoo is proud of its big cat collection and now you will have the opportunity to feed one of these impressive animals by hand at Hertfordshire's leading family attraction.

Feed one of our big cats

Get ready for a once in a lifetime experience. Come face to face with our Amur tigers, Pride of white lions or even our Romantic Snow Leopards, as you get to hand feed one of our big cats in an up close and personal moment with some of the world’s largest cats.

Enjoy a warm welcome by the Hertfordshire Zoo team at our exclusive animal experience Zoo HQ where you will receive a complimentary refreshment and a personalised goody bag prior to meeting one of our expert zookeepers. Where you will set out to begin your once in a lifetime animal experience.

During your experience you will also learn about the conservation work at Hertfordshire Zoo, overseas and at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Smarden, Kent.

We are now able to offer Snow Leopard feeds as part of the Feeding a Big Cat option, however PPE MUST be worn when hand feeding our Snow Leopards. You are required to bring your own Face Mask/Shield.


Choose from one of our 3 time slots, throughout the day. Including our most exclusive experience time at 9:00am, offering special, early access to the zoo before the general public arrive.

Imagine you walk out into the zoo and there is only you, your guests, and the zookeeper. The only sounds you hear are your footsteps, possibly the call of the gibbons and if you’re lucky, Moto our male white lion roaring as he does his morning territory check. Now you can see the big cats eagerly awaiting your arrival. Enjoy hand feeding a big cat with no onlookers, simply revelling in the proximity of a large carnivore, inches away from you, waiting for their tasty snack.

Be inspired by the background and personality facts that your expert keeper is telling you about your chosen cat as well as our conservation efforts to protect these incredible species, as you continue hand feeding your chosen big cat. Finally, overwhelmed and in awe of your completed experience, enjoy the rest of the zoo and learn about over the other 800 animals we have here on site all included within your experience. Why not stop off and have a tasty snack yourself at one of our eateries in the zoo, excitedly discussing your encounter and how you felt, enthusiastically planning when you can do it all, over, again.

The What to Know's

  • Minimum Age: 16yrs
  • Availability: 7 days a week
  • Times available: 9:00am, 10:00am and 11:30am
  • Duration: 30 Mins
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Experience includes entry to the park for the day
  • Participants receive a certificate
  • No open toe shoes
  • PPE MUST be worn when hand feeding our Snow Leopards. You are required to bring your own Face Mask/Shield.

Due to a risk of toxoplasmosis, our Feeding the Lemurs and Feeding a Big Cat Experience are unable to be booked on the same day.

So what are you waiting for? Treat yourself or purchase an animal experience as a special gift today!

You can purchase an annual membership to the park online here.

Our Gift Vouchers can be redeemed across all of our experiences, including our Big Cat Feeding package! Perfect as a gift for friends or family.

Experience Prices

Each experience includes admission to the zoo, so you can spend the whole day to explore all of our facilities we have to offer around your experience if you wish.

You can bring guests who pay normal admission prices online in advance but cannot participate in the experience.

From: £199.00

Terms of Experience

Please read through our terms and conditions below regarding our experiences before booking.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, our Big Cat Experience package includes a ticket to the Zoo so once you're done with your experience you can enjoy & explore the rest of our animals.

Our Big Cat Experience package is the perfect choice for an individual or as a group of 2. Share the fun and bring a friend!

We encourage bringing a camera and making the most of the photo opportunities. This is a great opportunity to show your friends & family how brave you are!




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