Lion feeding experience

Our lion encounter gives you the chance to feed our pride of lions.

You’ll be inside the lion’s den and up close to our magnificent pride.

Price – £80 per person or £140 for two people booked in on the same date
Time – 11.00am
Meeting point – Motobo Hills Lion Research Centre
Minimum age – 16 years

Once you’ve purchased your voucher, please call us on 01834 812731 to book a date for your lion experience

You can read our full animal experiences terms and conditions here

Your lion experience

You’ll be welcomed by one of our lion keepers and after a short briefing and tour you’ll enter the lion’s den! You’ll be standing inside their yard within the Pride of Pembrokeshire enclosure. When our lionesses see you they’ll be right over for a feed. But maybe not Hugo, he’s too busy being marvellous most of the time. Nothing will prepare you for seeing these magnificent animals up close.

You’ll be feeding our lions chunks of meat, on a skewer through the fence. You’ll be so close you can count their teeth!

Before you feed a lion you’ll be given a talk about lions and conservation and our keepers will show you around the enclosure. This is also your chance to ask the keepers all about our lions, after all, they know them best.

Your lion feeding experience will last at least 20 minutes.  It includes a cuddly toy lion or a mug to take home to remember your special day.

Lion feeding reviews

"Wow. I couldn't catch my breath with how fantastic this was. The whole experience was amazing, from the introductions and the information we were told to feeding these magnificent beasts. The keepers were amazing and really wanted the experience to be the best. Thank you so much, and I truly hope to come back and do it again in the future."

Simon Coles, West Midlands, 5 out of 5, 15 August 2019

"The whole experience was excellent and I would recommend it to anyone. The keeper Pete was hugely enthusiastic and knowledgeable about more than just the lions."

Michelle Lee, Pontypridd, 5 out of 5, 05 October 2019

"Great experience! Loved every minute of it, really knowledgeable keeper who answered all of my questions with passion and experience. Humbling being so close to such amazing animals."

Rachel Ruff, Saundersfoot, 5 out of 5, 21 September 2019

"Fantastic experience, the keeper was happy to answer questions, she told us all about the individual lions and their history. She offered to take photos and made it a really enjoyable morning."

Jan Brokenshire, Saundersfoot, 5 out of 5, 29 August 2019

"Incredible experience. The staff were so lovely and so informative and took loads of photos. Both staff went out of their way to make the experience special. Can’t recommend this experience enough. Thank you."

Maura Walsh, Felindre, 5 out of 5, 15 August 2019

"Very exciting to get so close to the lions, they were scrapping with one another but very gentle when they took the meat. Was also nice not to be too overlooked by the public, well thought out. A very memorable experience."

Jocelyn Wright, Malaga, 5 out of 5, 14 August 2019

"Bought a lion feeding experience for a birthday present for my wife. Always said she'd love to feed a lion. Didn't expect that I'd enjoy it sooooo much! Long drive from Manchester. Stayed overnight the day before in St Clears. The lion keepers were very informative and interesting. The actual feeding was a once in a lifetime experience. Very surprised by the size and variety of animals. A MUST."

Stephen Hardman, Manchester, 5 out of 5, 06 August 2019

"The most amazing, enthralling experience I’ve ever had. The keeper Fliss was outstanding in her knowledge of all things carnivore and took her time in explaining in detail the feeding process, the lions health and welfare and details of their hierarchy. To be that close to these majestic animals was truly a privilege. Thank you Folly Farm for making the day so special."

Andrew McConnell, Stockport, 5 out of 5, 31 July 2019

"We had a lion experience and giraffe experience and the lion experience was for my grandson's 18th. We had a great day with my family all 13 of us."

Marilyn James, Cardiff, 5 out of 5, 24 August 2019

"I had the most amazing fabulous fantastic experience ever, just wish it could have lasted all day. I found it incredible to believe that I was that close to the most beautiful animal ever. I still keep on about it as I absolutely love, love, loved it. Fliss was the young girl who explained everything and she was super great. I would definitely recommend this if you love lions as I do."

Rita Le-Sauteur, Cardiff, 5 out of 5, 27 July 2019

"There was a lot of information given about the experience and about the lions that were very interesting. The keeper was very kind. I enjoyed every minute of the experience and would highly recommend to anyone who loves lions."

Abigail Bradley, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 15 June 2019

"An amazing experience! I loved it! The keeper, Fliss, was informative, enthusiastic and has an obvious passion for the animals in her care. I learned about their feeding patterns, veterinary care and character. The highlight was meeting and feeding the lions. To be in such close proximity to so many stunningly beautiful and powerful animals was a dream come true and one I’ll never forget."

Dawn Smithies, Milford Haven, 5 out of 5, 23 May 2019

"What a amazing surprise and experience. My partner booked for my 50th birthday. Can't beat it. Loved every bit. Zoo keeper explained everything, answered all my questions. I could not stop smiling. Thank you so much for this opportunity."

Paul McNicholas, Liverpool, 5 out of 5, 04 June 2019

"I received this as a 20th birthday present and I couldn’t think of anything better. The keeper was amazing, so informative and the experience itself was mesmerising. Such an great opportunity to be able to experience - still can’t believe it now that I fed lions!"

Morgan Cadogan, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 17 April 2019

"My partner had a amazing experience he will never forget. The lion keeper was lovely, answered every question and knew everything. To feed 5 out 6 lions can't be bad. He smiled for days. Cannot thank you enough. I would recommend to everyone."

Linzie Van Eker, Liverpool, 5 out of 5, 04 June 2019

"A brilliant day, well worth the entrance fee without the lion experience which was bought for us as a gift. The whole experience was excellent, not rushed at all. All the questions we asked were answered fully, The lion keeper so obviously loved her work and the lions she cares for. We would do it again."

Amanda Temple-Smith, Staffordshire, 5 out of 5, 31 May 2019

"I bought this experience for my partner's birthday as he loves big cats - especially lions. What a fantastic experience we had! The most magical part was when we got up close and fed them. It was just amazing to see the girls interact with each other when waiting for their food. Worth every penny and something that we will be doing again! Thank you."

Emma Davies, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 01 June 2019

"I bought this as a birthday gift for my husband. He absolutely loved it. It was amazing to be so close to these beautiful animals. The keeper was so knowledgeable about the lions and the love and devotion shone through. Thank you so much!"

Debbie Holland, Berkshire, 5 out of 5, 14 April 2019

"Absolutely fantastic experience. Very knowledgeable keeper and never felt rushed. Such beautiful creatures and a complete privilege to see them so close. Would 100% recommend! Even the wet weather couldn't dampen our experience!"

Sarah Scannell, Monmouthshire, 5 out of 5, 08 May 2019

"Amazing experience! Our tour guide was wonderful, giving us all the facts and generous to answer our questions with pleasure."

Ayesha Staley, Blaina, 5 out of 5, 10 April 2019

"Profiad anhygoel. Anrheg Nadolig gwych.Roedd y wybodaeth am y llewod yn fanwl iawn. Diolch. A wonderful experience it was a Christmas gift. The information was very detailed. Diolch yn fawr iawn."

Carys Evans, Llandysul, 5 out of 5, 23 April 2019

"This experience was a gift for my dad and myself and we couldn’t have asked for better. It was a truly amazing experience and one I would love to do again if I didn’t live so far away! It was fantastic to get so close to these beautiful animals and the keeper was also fantastic, she is clearly very knowledgeable and was happy to answer any of our questions. A once in a lifetime opportunity."

Amy Jacklin, Cambridgeshire, 5 out of 5, 02 May 2019

"I cannot praise this experience enough. The lion keeper was amazing and explained everything about the lions, their differences in personality traits, how they slept, fed, interacted and we got to feel some fur that was found in their bedding. It was fantastic. I really felt like I knew the lions before feeding them. The feeding was a real adrenaline rush and an experience that I want to repeat!"

Lisa Williams-Gwyther, Port Talbot, 5 out of 5, 05 May 2019

"Fascinating, enjoyable, loads of interesting information and an experience I would to take part in again. Best birthday present ever."

Peta-Anne Corbett, Glanamman, 5 out of 5, 08 April 2019

"Myself and my wife booked to do the lion and rhino experiences it was a great day made all the better by the staff who could not do enough for us."

Nick Birtles, Cardigan, 5 out of 5, 18 March 2019

"Was super cool and keeper was friendly!! Lions were gentle and good fun. Was a great day! Well worth the money!"

Joshua Reed, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 24 February 2019

"Absolutely brilliant experience! The keeper was very friendly and talked us through everything about the Lions. Getting to meet them up close was incredible. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would recommend it to everyone!"

Pippa Ramsey, Gloucester, 5 out of 5, 27 March 2019

"Can't recommend this experience highly enough. We were wonderfully looked after from start to finish by the experienced and knowledgeable ladies. To get so close to these wonderful and clearly very relaxed and happy, lions was an amazing experience. Nothing was too much trouble and we learnt a lot about the animals and their environment at Folly Farm during our time. Nothing short of outstanding!"

Simon Peters, Cardiff, 5 out of 5, 08 March 2019

"Wow - what an amazing experience! The keepers Rosie and Fliss, were so informative, and even took photos for us. An incredible half an hour and such great value for money. I’ll be booking in the next one soon!"

Laura Walters, Pembrokeshire, 5 out of 5, 05 February 2019

"A birthday present for my partner and she could not have been happier. Very informative and happy to answer any questions we had. Feeding the Lions was great and not something we will forget."

Jordan Powell, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 30 October 2018

"Wow! What a truly memorable experience. Not only did I get to feed such amazing creatures I came away with lifelong knowledge of the wonderful lions. All thanks to the great keeper Rosie, her passion for her job shone through. An experience which will live with me for years to come."

Lesley Castledine, Bedfordshire, 5 out of 5,

"My partner is difficult to buy for so we decided on a lion feeding experience as something different! He loved it! Such a good, informative and pleasant half hour. Well worth the money."

Beckie Davies, Swansea, 5 out of 5, 25 September 2018

"I have always wanted to do one of the animal experiences at Folly Farm and luckily got a voucher for my birthday. It was really fascinating to see how much goes into caring for these animals. Tim was amazing guiding me through everything and making sure it’s very safe. I would highly recommend this experience."

Vicky Kingdom, Pembroke, 5 out of 5, 03 September 2018

"What an absolutely fantastic experience. To see these fabulous animals up close was the experience of a lifetime. With such knowledgeable keepers, the visit was enhanced even more!"

Moira Blake, Aberdare, 5 out of 5,

"Absolutely amazing experience! Well worth it. The keeper was so friendly, super knowledgeable and she was happy to answer all our questions. She even took photos on my phones for us. We had a great time and would recommend this to anyone."

Sally Gardner, Newport, 5 out of 5, 18 July 2018

"The experience was wonderful! The keeper was welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly. The experience of feeding the lions was incredible! Would highly recommend."

Richard Hughes, Bristol, 5 out of 5, 30 July 2018

"I had a fantastic time with the lion experience. Lovely, friendly member of staff. Learned lots of information about the lions…an amazing experience feeding the lions…would definitely recommend it."

Jasmine Green, Carmarthen, 5 out of 5, 29 July 2018

"Wow, this really lived up to everything we expected. Rosie the keeper was absolutely amazing - very informative and explained the due care and attention they take with the lions. We highly recommend this experience, the feeding was amazing, you get so close. Thank you Folly Farm and Rosie...we'll be seeing you soon for a penguin feeding experience for sure."

Gareth and Laura, Port Talbot, 5 out of 5, 20 June 2018

"Amazing experience, was a gift for my 18th birthday which I will never forget. The experience was great value for money, you can take your time feeding and learn all about you want to know about the animals with brilliant, friendly staff. You even get a lovely gift to remember your experience by. I would definitely recommend this once in a life time opportunity to anyone."

Sam Richards, Staffordshire, 5 out of 5, 12 September 2017

"I had this as a birthday present. The keeper was very informative and friendly. I really enjoyed the experience and would highly recommend it."

Caitlin Price, Merthyr Tydfil, 5 out of 5, 17 June 2018

"Very good. Couldn’t ask for better. Great experience and Rosie the keeper was brilliant. Would recommend to family and friends. Very happy. Thanks"

Jefferson Townsend, Pontypool, 5 out of 5, 02 June 2018

"Fantastic experience that I will always remember. Even better than what I was expecting. The keeper was amazing - so passionate and knowledgeable. Made the experience great from start to finish. Took pictures for us and answered all questions for me. She really is a credit to Folly Farm!"

Kylie Williams, Rhymney, 5 out of 5, 18 May 2018

"I had the absolute pleasure and privilege to feed the beautiful lionesses, a dream come true! What glorious, incredible animals. Rosie was informative and took her time and she made me feel very safe. I’d highly recommend it and I’d love to do it again."

Joanna Coombes, Milford Haven, 5 out of 5, 13 May 2018

"This was a day that I will remember for a very long time. To be so close to the lions and feed them was truly amazing. The tour of their house and the talk by the friendly and enthusiastic keeper made it a wonderful experience and I would thoroughly recommend it. Well done Folly Farm!"

Susan Pinkney, Blaenffos, 5 out of 5, 23 February 2018

"Such an amazing experience, it was truly amazing to be so close to the beautiful lionesses. The keeper was very knowledgeable and didn't mind how many questions I asked. A great day with memories that I will never forget."

Joanne Webb, Bridgend, 5 out of 5, 23 September 2017

"One of the best things I have ever done. Being so close to the lions was amazing. You don't realise how big they are until you get up close. The staff are passionate and knowledgeable and their animals are well looked after. I can't praise Folly Farm enough."

Anthony Cartwright, Pontyberem, 5 out of 5, 08 July 2017