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

"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