What is a cheetah experience?
You will meet one of our keepers who will walk you through our tropical house until you get to the outdoor cheetah enclosure, where they will tell you a little more about what is going to happen and go through some health and safety about the experience.
You will then be joined by our female cheetah with her keeper for an up close and personal meeting (through the safety of a steel wire fence of course).
This experience is about spending some time with this amazing cat to get a feel for their temperament and intelligence. To do this, the keeper will introduce you to the cat and get you to help them do some training with her which will involve a chance to give her some treats as well as getting a feel for her tail as the keeper shows you all of the checks and treatments they can do with this amazing animal without the need for anesthetics.
The time with the cheetah will be around 15 minutes – after this she usually gets bored of new people and her training session (and of course as this training is for medical aid we want to keep it as fun for her as possible), and as soon as she is finished, or no longer wants to do the encounter it is time to say good bye to your new furry friend – our animals never have to do anything they don’t wish to and we can never guarantee a set amount or level of contact.
Are there any cheetah experience restrictions?
Due to the close proximity with a dangerous animal (even though through a safety barrier) this experience is not suitable for people who are unable to see or follow / understand oral safety instructions in English.
The minimum age for this experience is 14 years.
What’s included in the cheetah experience price?
As of now the Sandwich Wildlife Park is still a work in progress and is not a site where you can spend the day and walk around on your own. As such, when you are paying for a cheetah experience, that is all which is included in the price. You will be met by one of our keepers who will walk you to and from our reception, giving you a short insight in to the on-going work which we are doing in the park. En-route you will however inevitably still see some of our other species. Including the experience, walk to and from reception and health & safety briefing, please expect to be at the park for 30 minutes.
The price is for one person to do the experience and for one other person to come along (not doing the experience) as a spectator to ensure that they can get some nice photos of you meeting the cheetah. If you wish to have any further spectators these can be purchased at a cost of £5 extra per person. However please note that once again they will not be able to explore the rest of the park.
How much does the cheetah experience cost?
The cheetah experience costs £80 per person including 1 free spectator and can only cater for one person to do the experience at a time. Please note that in order to enter the park unattended participants need to be a minimum age of 16 years. If the participants is under 16 they must use their one free spectator ticket for someone aged over 16.
Extra spectator tickets cost £5 per person