Howletts Wild Animal Park

Howletts Wild Animal Park
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Bekesbourne Road Howletts, CT4 5EL Bridge, Kent

01227 721286

Experience The Real Deal

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Opening times:

Summer: March – October 09:30hrs – 18:00hrs
Winter: October – March 09:30hrs – 17:00hrs

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Howletts 2016: Experience The Real Deal: ParksGallery

See Real Animals Real Close At Howletts Wild Animal Park  

Visitors to Howletts Wild Animal Park can witness world-leading conservation in action this year – all day, every day.


Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent’s most successful and multi award winning animal park, offers visitors the chance to experience real conservation, throughout 2016.



Howletts is a breeding sanctuary for some of the most rare and endangered species in the world.  With over 450 animals and over 50 individual species, plus plenty of new births and arrivals, including adorable baby black rhino, Kasungu - the first black rhino to be born at the park, visitors have the opportunity to see real animals, real close and be part of real conservation in action.


Home to the world’s largest collection of critically endangered western lowland gorillas and the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, Howletts offers visitors the chance to get up close to Amur tigers, Northern Chinese leopards, lions and wolves in their glass fronted enclosures and walk with lemurs as the Madagascan favourites explore the branches overhead.


Set in 100 acres of historic parkland, there are wooded walkways and pathways to explore and fun and fact filled animal talks taking place at various times throughout the year, so there’s plenty for visitors of all ages to discover and enjoy.


Visitors can also try their hand at the exciting Treetop Challenge – an obstacle course, set high in the trees with rope bridges, tyre curtains, cargo nets and zip wires.  Younger adventurers can enjoy the Animal Adventure Challenge featuring slides, swings and more..


One of the County’s most popular visitor attractions, Howletts has conservation at its heart. Visitor monies help fund the park’s vital work with endangered species and enable the park to return animals back to protected areas of the wild, in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation.


Throughout 2016 visitors can take advantage of special events at Howletts, including fun activities, special animal enrichment and other special events, all included in the price of the ticket at no extra cost! Visitors can also make the day extra special by booking additional activities, including talks by our expert animal teams, animal encounters and photography days.

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Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve work with The Aspinall Foundation, a world leading conservation charity. The parks, in Kent are two of the County’s most popular visitor attractions. Profits from the parks in Kent and accommodation at Port Lympne Reserve go towards helping The Aspinall Foundation’s efforts to save rare and endangered species, both in the UK and overseas.


Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve were awarded Tourism and Hospitality Business of the Year at the 2015 KEiBA awards.


Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve were awarded Best Leisure and Tourism Business at the 2012 and 2013 KEiBA awards.


Howletts Wild Animal Park has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor in 2015.


Howletts Wild Animal Park has been awarded a place in TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame 2015 for consistently excellent reviews over the past five years


Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve are members of VisitEngland’s accreditation scheme for quality visitor attractions VAQAS.


Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve are members of the UK Inbound organisation – one of the leading trade associations in the UK Tourism industry and the only association to focus exclusively on the inbound tourism sector.


The Aspinall Foundation is proud to be celebrating 30 years of animal conservation in 2014.  Since it was founded in April 1984, the charity has become world-leaders in animal conservation; helping to protect a wide range of critically endangered species internationally, including western lowland gorillas and black rhino, and has pioneered ground-breaking reintroduction projects.



The Aspinall Foundation manages conservation projects in Congo, Gabon, Indonesia and Madagascar, as well as providing financial support to various partner projects around the world. The conservation charity’s important work helps prevent some of the most endangered species on the planet from becoming extinct.




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