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Howletts Wild Animal Park

Muddy says: Looking for something fun to do with the family? Where they might even learn something at the same time? Oh, and local too? Then you’ll want to get yourself over to Kent’s original wildlife park.

Howletts Wild Animal Park, like its sister park Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, is part of The Aspinall Foundation – and as luck would have it, it’s right on our doorstep – just outside Canterbury.

As a dedicated animal conservation charity, your visit directly helps this well known charity to protect wildlife here in the UK which, in turn, enables them to send animals back to the wild in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation.

The Park’s commitment to conservation, through captive breeding, education and reintroduction into the wild allows the experts to gain a greater understanding of some of the world’s most fragile environments and the endangered animals that live there. Has there ever been a more important cause?

Howletts is home to over 390 animals, including the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, and more gorillas, tigers, leopards and monkeys than any zoo in the county. Oh, and let’s not forget, Kent’s only giant anteaters.

Visit their popular amur tiger, Arina, and see the family of western lowland gorillas. There are so many rare and endangered animals waiting to meet you.

And for something a bit different there’s also an Animals of the Ice Age exhibit to explore. Discover a world lost in time, as you marvel at the life-size prehistoric creatures taking over the Woodland Walk. Wonder at the mighty mammoth, eyeball the savage sabre toothed Smilodon and delight at the sheer size of the giant sloth, plus many more.

For more than 30 years, the mission here has remained the same. Your visit will directly help their charitable work continue. And in return you’ll get to explore a 90-acre beautiful, ancient parkland and have an adventure like no other.

Howletts offers a fun packed, wild day out for a great price! Hop, skip and stampede, to it!

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