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Wildlife Heritage Foundation Big Cat Sanctuary - Smarden

Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by vogelcommando, 17 Nov 2016.

  1. vogelcommando

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    Posted in the TV section too ... BBC2 tonight 8pm

    Big Cats About the House - BBC Two

    Documentary series following life at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Kent, run by Giles Clark to support big cat conservation
     
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    I have enjoyed watching episode 1. It is the first time I have seen inside this zoo and am amazed that its photo days and membership scheme can finance an organisation of this size and quality. Are the owners independantly wealthy? It looks like a very expensive operation.
     
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    I suspect, though have no evidence, that it is supported financially by it's sister zoo, Paradise Wildlife Park, which always looks very highly profitable (high-ish prices, always busy, lots of secondary spend opportunities) whenever I visit .
     
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    The Sampson family own/operate both PWP and Smarden. Peter Sampson (who cameos briefly in both episodes if you know who to look for!) made his money from haulage I believe, and bought out PWP in the late Eighties. Smarden followed in the early Noughties.

    I visited Smarden in 2006. It’s unrecognisable compared to what is was like then!
     
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    I had a look on the Charity Commision Website and they, the WILDLIFE HERITAGE FOUNDATION LTD, took in (by various methods) £1,255,730 in 2016. I don't know however if this a lot or a little against what they need to run a zoo of this size.
     
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    From Facebook:

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our oldest cat, Lumpur. Affectionately known by his keepers as Lumpy.

    The Big Cat Sanctuary
     
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    You should read the Facebook statements.

    Wingham Wildlife Park
     
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    From Facebook:

    It is with great regret that we announce that we have some more sad news for you, as Mandalay, our female Clouded leopard has passed away.​
     
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    Here is a link to the above Facebook post which has pictures of lovely Mandalay

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    What a massive run of bad luck for them, how sad.
     
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    It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of both Tula, the dainty Pallas’s cat and Kushka, the mischievous tiger.

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