Howletts Wild Animal parks was set up by the late John Aspinall. Not only to house his growing collection of animals but to protect and breed rare and endangered species and, where possible, return them to safe areas in the wild.

Many animal species throughout the world are becoming increasingly rare and endangered through loss of natural habitat, poaching and pollution. There are approximately 200 animals living at Howletts and 50 different species.

The parks are not only involved in breeding programs and conservation at home but across the world with two protected areas in the Congo and Gabon in Africa of around a million acres of forest for the rehabilitation and reintroduction of gorillas into the wild, as well as projects in Java and Madagascar.

The Aspinall Foundation in conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks are devoted to saving rare and endangered animals and returning them to protected areas in the wild.

Gift shops, cafes, play areas, experience days & enrichment workshops, keeper talks, and other seasonal activities e.g. Easter, Halloween are available at both Howletts and Port Lympne.

Don’t miss the Treetop Challenge high ropes course and Animal Adventure Challenge for younger adventurers at Howletts.

Set in 90 acres, Howletts is flatter than Port Lympne (sister park near Hythe) and is more accessible for visitors with mobility issues. Allow 3-4 hours to enjoy the park to the full.


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