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about howlett’s wild animal park

  • places to visit
August 2, 2018

Take a trip to Kent’s award-winning wildlife attraction when you stay with us at Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat. Perfectly located to explore Kent, our 5 star location Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat offers sumptuous lodge accommodation for all different budgets and party sizes, with a range of one bed accommodation ideal for a romantic getaway in the countryside. For a brilliant day out head to Howlett’s Wild Animal Park, which is only a 15 minute drive from our Kent destination.

about howlett’s wild animal park

The animal park works together with the Aspinall Foundation, which is a charity that helps to protect UK wildlife, and also means your visits help Howlett’s send rescued animals back into the wild when they are able to!

Howlett’s has over 400 animals, including the only giant anteaters in Kent, the largest African Elephant herd in the UK, as well as more tigers, gorillas, monkeys and leopards than any other zoo in the country! Make sure to visit the popular amur tiger Arina and the powerful family of Western Lowland gorillas. There is a whole range of rare and endangered animals to meet, as well as baby animals being born all year round, so there is always someone new to meet!


Explore the beautiful 90 acres of parkland and join in on the interactive exhibitions, including the free animal talks, a fabulous education centre and you’ll even get to watch feeding time with the animals too!

Discover the ‘Animals of the Ice Age’ exhibition and explore the long lost world where you’ll see a plethora of life size, pre-historic creatures along the ancient woodland walk. Marvel at the giant sloth and saber toothed Smilodon, and see how large the mighty mammoth really was! Wander the walk and take in the surrounding nature at this fun, family outdoor exhibition.
Enter the leafy enclosure and the ‘Walk with the Lemurs’ exhibit! These adorable playful primates love exploring the branches above the enclosure, but they will come to say hello too, you will get to see black and white ruffed, crowned and red-bellied lemurs having the time of their lives during your walk! This is a very popular walkthrough exhibit and is fun for the whole family.

little adventures

There are two great challenges for the little ones to enjoy on your day out at Howlett’s.

The Animal Adventure Challenge is ideal for 2 to 5 years old and costs £2.50 per child, this fun course features slides, telescopes and periscopes, as well as a children’s zip-line, monkey bars, birds nest swing and more.

Older children will love the Treetop Challenge, costing £7 each and is only available about weekends. Try the exhilarating high ropes and course of nets in the treetops, giving you an idea of how the swinging monkeys really see the world!

times & prices

Summer Times: 9.30am – 6pm / October – March: 9.30am – 5pm / Adult £19.74, Child £17.05

Visit Howlett’s Wild Animal Park on your next trip to Canterbury Reach Lodge Retreat and meet all the animals, help out a charity and do your bit for conservation, all on this fun, family friendly day out.

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