Howletts Wild Animal Park first opened its gates in 1975 and is owned by a conservation charity called The Aspinall Foundation named after the original founder John Aspinall. The charity is dedicated to the conservation of rare and endangered species, with its two breeding sanctuaries in Kent and reintroduction projects in Africa, Java and Madagascar.
So far Howletts has bred over 25 black rhinos and 100 western lowland gorilla’s, many of which have been reintroduced into the wild. You will also get to see all the big cats - rare snow and clouded leopards and Sumatran tigers. What makes Howlett’s so special is the way it cares for its animals, attempting to imitate their natural environment as much as possible, so they can feed and forage in similar ways to the wild, providing what the animals need to thrive.
As well as seeing animals you might rarely see in the wild, there are play areas, talks by the zoo keepers and seasonal activities - so make sure you check out What’s On before you plan your visit. Don't miss out on a thrilling TreeTop challenge for the adventurous ones who want a monkey experience, involving lots of ropes, nets and climbing!
- Click on your chosen voucher, copy the code if required and click through to the website.
- Click on 'Book Now' to select your ticket type - date, time and quantity - and click on 'Add to Basket'
- Now on the 'Shopping Basket' page you can enter your code in the space provided then proceed to check out to pay.
If you buy your tickets online, by midnight the day before your visit, you can save 10%.
How do I get to Howletts Zoo?
Howletts Zoo is in Kent, in Bekesbourne, three miles south of Canterbury, 90 minutes from London and signposted off the A2. Visit the website here for more details on how to get there by public transport and view a map.
How much time should I allow for my visit to Howletts Zoo?
Howletts Zoo recommend you allow at least 3 hours to get around the park.
Do Howletts Zoo have disabled access?
Yes, but please check the website here for the finer details. There is a downloadable map detailing access and there are disabled toilets, as well as staff on hand for assistance where some of the terrain is more tricky to navigate on a wheelchair.
Do Howletts Zoo offer free entry for kids?
Yes, Howletts Zoo offer free entry for children under 3 years old.
Address: Howletts Wild Animal Park
Bekesbourne, Nr. Canterbury, Kent
Phone: 0844 842 4647
Via the website here - expect up to 5 day response time.
Or through facebook or twitter.
Open every day except Christmas day from 9:30am, but check the website here for the different last admissions of the day depending on the time of year - with longer opening hours during the Summer months.