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Howletts Wild Animal Park

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Nature & Wildlife

Howletts, Kent’s original wildlife park, just one hour from London, houses some of the world’s most endangered and rare animals. With over 390 animals, including Kent’s only giant anteaters, the largest herd of African elephants in the UK, more gorillas than any other zoo in the country, and now the introduction of the adorable lion cubs, Zemo and Zala.

Ticket sales help to fund not only the care of the animals here at Howletts Wild Animal Park but will also support our overseas projects in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation. 

Visit the website to find more about Foundation's important work, and for opening times at the park.

February Half Term: KIDS GO FREE at Howletts Wild Animal Park 

This February half term only, Howletts Wild Animal Park will be running a KIDS GO FREE offer.  From 10 – 18th February children aged 0-15 can enter Howletts for free (maximum of three children per booking, on advance online bookings only), and each family entering Howletts during half term will also receive vouchers to claim at sister park, Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, including discounts off entry, accommodation, dining and animal encounters.  

Take advantage of the daily Howletts ranger talks to learn about your favourite species and discover a world lost in time in the Animals Of The Ice Age. With plenty of dining options on site too, Howletts offers a fun packed, wild day out for the whole family. 

If you want to make your day extra special, book in for a close encounter with your favourite animal. Visitors can choose unforgettable experiences including feeding the elephants, going behind the scenes with the gorillas, meeting black rhinos, scattering healthy snacks for red river hogs or even hand-feeding anteaters, prices starting at £15. 

Tickets can be booked in advance online and cost £24.50 for an adult, FREE for children aged 0-15. 

Visit for more information and to book.

Howletts Wild Animal Park is open every day, 10am - 4pm throughout the half term holiday.

Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve’s brand-new Annual Pass allows unlimited entry to both parks throughout the year, offering access to over 1,200 animals across 91 species. The Annual Pass also includes access to Port Lympne’s iconic safari tours and a terrific 20% discount on food and drink across both parks’ many cafes and Howletts’ Pavilion restaurant.

Annual passes are available from £75 for an adult and £65 for a child. Find out more here>> 



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