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“If you live locally go for the passport scheme” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Howletts Wild Animal Park

Howletts Wild Animal Park
Ranked #3 of 99 things to do in Canterbury
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Howletts Wild Animal Park is a 90 acre adventure in beautiful ancient parkland that is ideal for great days out in Kent with the entire family. With the Howletts Passport ticket you can come back time and time again for a whole 12 months. Check out our Passport Events for 12 fantastic reasons to come back and enjoy the adventure again...
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Activities for young children
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67 reviews
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“If you live locally go for the passport scheme”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

I was given the money for an annual passport for Howletts (you cannot buy it online) and I've already used it twice since my birthday a month ago. It's a fraction more than a one-day ticket. The thing is that Howletts is quite large and I'd normally have to leave a whole day to get the value from my ticket but now I can just pop in for a couple of hours whenever I go to Canterbury. It's a great wildlife park, they try to let the animals live as naturally as possible and this is borne out by their sucessful breeding and return to the wild programmes - the only downside is that, if an animal is feeling shy or unsociable, it can hide in its den or at the far end of its field! Has a great cafe and kiosks selling hot food / cold drinks / ices all year round.

Visited March 2012
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“Great full day out for the whole family”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

Very well run park. All of the animals looked healthy which was great. There was lots to do for us all, I would recomend taking your own lunch as it gets pretty expensive if you eat from any of the food outlets there.

Visited September 2011
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HowlettsPortLympne, Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review, 18 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments.

The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks in Kent were set up by the late John Aspinall to be centres of excellence for animal husbandry within which to protect and breed threatened species, with a view to returning them to the wild wherever possible.

Now headed by John’s son Damian Aspinall the philosophy remains the same and not only do the animals come first at our wild animal parks in Kent but we also carry out vital conservation work all over the world.

All visitor monies are spent to maintain the parks, look after the animals in our care and provide valuable funds for our work to protect endangered species. We have carried out extensive research and priced our food outlets competitively, in line with other similar attractions in the UK.

To find out more about the work of The Aspinall Foundation check out our website and follow us for all the latest updates from the conservation projects and the wild animal parks on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“PAY FOR A DAY, GET ENTRY FOR A YEAR?????”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

I feel like we are really being charged for an annual entry fee, but being made to look like it is free for the year.

We really wanted to visit Howletts Zoo when we go on a cheap camping trip in April, however at £22.95 x 2 & £17.95 x 2 making a grand total of £81.80, this is now out of the question.

A more reasonable day entry ticket would be much more racceptable as we would not be able to visit again within the year anyhow.

Come on Howletts......sort it out as you may get more visitors if they pay less for just one visit.

Visited March 2012
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HowlettsPortLympne, Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review, 3 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback.

We aim to ensure that we are competitively priced compared to other tourist attractions and wild animal parks in the area.

Howletts and our sister park, Port Lympne work in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation - a world renowned conservation charity leading the way through education, captive breeding and where possible reintroducing endangered species into protected areas of the wild.

We are a non profit organisation and as such all monies go towards the well being and up keep of the animals in our care.

The Passport Scheme, in operation at both wild animal parks, means that for the price of a standard one day entry fee, visitors can come back as many times as they wish in a 12 month period at no additional charge.

If you are only visiting Howletts Wild Animal Park as a one off experience then you can book one day tickets on line and save 20%.
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Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic day out, worth twice the price”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2012

Amazing place, clearly focused on animal care and welfare, but still made to be a good day out for people. We arrived at 10:30 and left at 5pm and didn't want to go. Worth going round more than once as some cats were sleeping in morning, but all woke up towards end of day, so got to see everything. Pallas cats my favourite, so cute and beautiful. Also lucky to see arrival of the two new barbary lions, who certainly had a lot to say for themselves but they will be very happy in theri new home I am sure.

Visited March 2012
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HowlettsPortLympne, Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review, 18 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. I am delighted that you enjoyed your day with us at Howletts and how brilliant to see the arrival of Layla and Jabir – the two Barbary lions!

This is the first time, since Howletts opened to the public that we have had Barbary lions at the park and they have both settled into their new home very well.

If you live locally you might want to consider getting a passport – the one day ticket that lasts all year. The passport costs the same as a standard day entry ticket and offers visitors the opportunity to return to the park as many times as they wish for 12 months, at no extra charge.

To keep up to date with all the latest news from the wild animal parks check out our website and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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Chatham, United Kingdom
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“A great day out for the family”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2012

Go see this for yourself, the kids will enjoy it too. Hold your noses when you get to the gorilla enclosure tho'!

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Thank Mark J
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HowlettsPortLympne, Manager at Howletts Wild Animal Park, responded to this review, 4 April 2012
Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback.

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. If you visit often we recommend that you obtain a passport – the one day ticket that lasts all year. For the price of a one day entry you can come back as many times as you wish within a 12 month period.

The Aspinall Foundation’s Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks in Kent were set up by the late John Aspinall to be centres of excellence for animal husbandry within which to protect and breed threatened species, with a view to returning them to the wild wherever possible.

Working in conjunction with the parks The Aspinall Foundation has so far returned to the wild Przewalski’s horses, black rhino, cape buffalo, Burmese pythons and western lowland gorillas.
All visitor monies that are spent at the parks go towards feeding and looking after the animals and the upkeep of the parks themselves – without your support we would not be able to continue our efforts for conservation.

We hope to see you again soon, don’t forget to check out our Facebook and Twitter pages for all the latest news or YouTube for all the best videos from both parks.
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