Howletts Wild Animal Park, Canterbury

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#2 of 6 in Zoos & Aquariums in Kent
Experience the wild world of animals on over 36 hectares (90 acres) of Kent countryside at Howletts Wild Animal Park. Known for its commitment to the conservation of endangered species, the zoo houses some of the largest breeding groups of African elephants and West Lowland gorillas in the world. Participate as a keeper for a day to learn about the feeding and care of your favorite animals, or walk alongside dozens of free-roaming lemurs. Book online to receive a discount on entrance tickets. Plan your Howletts Wild Animal Park visit and explore what else you can see and do in Canterbury using our Canterbury tour itinerary app .
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  • Enjoyed a wonderful day at Howletts this week with my 2 daughters, aged 6 and 4. We arrived just after opening and although there was a little queue there were staff helping to guide visitors and ensu...  more »
  • We regularly visit Canterbury and always said we would go to Howletts and yesterday we did just that. Got there quiet early so queue was short but we had booked online and were quickly through the ent...  more »
  • The park makes it clear that this is all about the animals - they all appear to be well cared for, and given lots of space in which to roam or hide out of the sun. We went early and enjoyed watching t...  more »
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  • Visited here rather than Port Lympne, as we had a pram to push. Very pleased with the whole park. Got here at half nine and left at half 4! As people have said in other reviews, it isn't a zoo. You have to be patient and spot the animals. But we saw everything - the animals are relaxed and seem happy in their environments. Got fantastic photos! The staff there are knowledgeable about the animals they care for and are obviously proud of the conservation work being done. The talks were really interesting, not purely to entertain the public. We took a picnic and ate next to the elephants and rhinos. Toilet facilities were clean and refreshment stops regular around the park. A great day out, even with changeable weather.
  • I have been coming here for quite a few years. I love that they are helping to protect endangered animals. Also they have lovely enclosures. I it be good if they extended and added a bit more variety though.
  • A wonderful place. If you live locally, as we do, cough up for an annual pass and go whenever you like. We go most weekends and my four year old daughter loves it. Yes, some animals are shyer than others (the small cats mainly) but if you go regularly you'll see everything on rotation. Makes it more fun trying to spot the pesky pallus cats, serval and honey badger! Food places and shop are decent and kids' play area is a huge bonus. Big place, well worth visit after visit.
  • More than one visit to see all is needed! Animal information talks. Lot of walking. Food is good. Picnic areas. Tree top walk for the brave.
  • We visited Howletts today (August 2017) with two small 4 week old grand daughters and two small boys and had a picnic in the grounds. The whole site is beautifully laid out and the enclosures very well designed allowing the animals the privacy they need to flourish. This obviously can make it hard to spot them amongst the trees and shrubs. The gorilla enclosures were knee deep in fresh straw and there were many distractions for them to make themselves busy and contented. In late afternoon (at feeding time) the animals were on "full alert" and many of the more shy members of the community came out to play! The staff were very friendly and knowledgable and were all very helpful I forgot to mention the Tree top challenge which the two grandsons really enjoyed! Well done Howletts well worth the money and an excellent day out

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