Born 23 April 2003 in Croatia, Athena
joined the collection at BCS in 2011. Athena is a very cunning
cat who has been known to “play dead” in an attempt to get her
keepers into her enclosure.
The Big Cat Sanctuary
covers over 30 acres of land, the Big Cat Sanctuary (BCS) was
founded in 2000 by the Sampson family who owned the site's
sister park, Paradise Wildlife Park in Hertfordshire. While
BCS operates under the Zoo Licencing Act 1981, it is not a
conventional zoo and does not open to the public. Instead they
raise money via personal experiences such as photography and
"ranger" days. Open Days are arranged during the summer.