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Tel: 01983 403883

Isle of Wight Zoo,Yaverland Seafront
Sandown, Isle of Wight
PO36 8QB

Big Cat Training Experience


Come behind the scenes at the Isle of Wight Zoo and assist in the training of our big cats!

We use clicker training to encourage our cats to undertake simple tasks such as touching a stick with their paw or nose. This is a highly beneficial session to the cats as it enables their keepers can keep a closer eye on the cats health without the need for anesthetic.

The keepers practice clicker training with the cats daily, and you are invited to join them for a session. You will be feeding meat to the cats as a reward for correctly completing their task.

Your experience will begin when you are met by one of the Big Cat Keepers, who will tell you about the training you will be assisting with. They’ll run through our safety rules and explain how to interact with the cats. For safety reasons we do not touch the cats, so you will be rewarding the cats with the meat on a stick.

It isn’t possible to book specific cats for the experience as their participation will depend on their training needs. However, you will be able to interact with more than one species so you’re sure to have a rich and varied experience whoever you work with.

The experience lasts approximately 45 minutes and is for one person .

This experience is also available for two people priced at £210 , please give our friendly retail staff prior to purchase should you require a two person option.

Participants must be over 16yrs.

If you have a specific date in mind please email us to check availability before buying.

Alternatively, if you would like to purchase a Big Cat training voucher this will be sent  as a gift pack with  an open ticket which is valid for a year from the date of purchase. This experience will require booking in advance with an open ticket also . Early booking of a specific date is advisable to avoid disappointment .

Price: £140.00