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Enjoy a truly wild day out at Howletts Wild Animal Park, which is home to around 400 of the world’s most rare and endangered animals. Set in a stunning ancient 100-acre parkland in Kent, Howletts is a dedicated animal charity, which works in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation, to protect wildlife and return them to the wild wherever possible. Unlike a traditional zoo or safari park, Howletts main focus is conservation. The wildlife park gives you the chance to see a variety of exciting animals in their replicated natural habitats.
Visit one of the world’s largest collections of critically endangered western lowland gorillas – there are currently 29 in total! Split into individual and different family groups, there’s even the chance to adopt one of the magnificent silverbacks. See the largest herd of elephants in the UK. If you’re keen to learn more about the incredible herd, join a free elephant talk during your visit. Watch the three female black rhinos, Salome, Damara and Mizi, in action, and see if you can spot the beautiful pair of Sumatran tigers, Achilles and Aguia as they roam their habitat. Immerse yourself in the awesome walk-through lemur experience in their leafy enclosure. The wildlife park is also home to Amur tigers, lions, Northern Chinese leopards, wolves, giant anteaters plus many more. A successful breeding sanctuary, you may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of a baby.
Little adventurers can see the park from a monkey’s perspective on the Treetop Challenge, a high ropes obstacle course with zip wires, cargo nets and rope bridges. For younger kids aged two to five, the Animal Adventure Challenge is a fun course, featuring monkey bars, bird’s nest swings, a children’s zip-line, slides and a telescope and periscope. Drop in at the brilliant outdoor exhibition, Animals of the Ice Age, and unearth a world lost in time. Gaze in awe at the lifesize prehistoric creatures through the woodland walk.
Popular with Kidadlers, Fiona says, “We went to Howletts Animal Park in Kent today following a recommendation from a friend and it was fantastic! It’s a bit of a hike from North London but definitely worth it. There’s loads of different animals that you can spot in their natural environments and lots of talks, tours and opportunities to get up close and personal. We took a picnic lunch but there were loads of cafes, restaurants (with healthy kid friendly options) and picnic tables. It was totally buggy friendly, with highchairs and baby change facilities (in the ladies only). My 2.5 year old son particularly enjoyed the Animals of the Ice Age exhibition where we had a guided tour all to ourselves! We made sure we arrived early as it was a long weekend but we didn’t need to worry about crowds as it’s so spaced out. I recommend you also check out the playground which had things for all ages. It’s a total not-for-profit charity so all the money goes back into the conservation work they do. We’ll definitely be going again!!”
Whether you are on a day trip or staying for a mini-break, there are loads of things to do in Kent. Discover some brilliant National Trust properties or explore the beautiful coastline.
With so much to see and explore, Howletts is the perfect day for all the family.
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