Halloween at Howletts Wild Animal Park

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animal park halloweenHowletts Animal Park is having a fun filled October half term and is inviting visitors to join in the fun. I have been to their website to have a look at the activities I can take my nephew to in the school holidays.

To continue with a Halloween theme the animal park will be conducting a pumpkin trail for visitors around the park. Howletts have prepared a mildly scary trail filled with scary details about their animals.

Visitors can find out freaky information about the creepy crawlies or even be a part of the animals enrichment programme. Of course all these activities are complete with a Halloween theme.

These types of activities make great days out in Kent. Last time I took my nephew to Howletts we purchased the Howletts passport so we can return free of charge for the entire year, meaning our day out in the half term will be nice and cheap.

Animal Park in Kent Welcomes Another Baby Gorilla

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On the 15th of August Howletts welcomed yet another baby gorilla to their animal park this year. Gorillas are known for breeding slowly however this is the fifth infant that Tamba has successfully given birth to.

Visitors to the animal park were in awe over the newest edition to the family. Between Port Lympne and Howletts they have managed to breed 131 infants at their wild animal parks.

Both parks make a fantastic day out in Kent and with the arrival of new infants to the park throughout the year visitors are sure to see something different each time they visit. Zoo keepers believe the new infant will depend on its mother to learn how to look after itself and raise its own infants one day.

Maybe adopt an animal?

There are various ways to support Howletts with their breeding programme: you can adopt an animal, make a donation or just visit their beautiful parks.

Adopt An Animal

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adopt an animalThese days it’s difficult not to feel a social responsibility to give something back to our communities and to charities. But don’t worry, there are plenty of ways you can donate and do your bit.
There are many charities that give you the option to donate a small amount on a monthly basis. These are relatively easy to set up, and some allow you to simply text a number with a code.

Many endangered animal charities give you the option to adopt an animal. For a monthly fee, you will be sent information about your chosen animal and a cuddly toy or similar present which is designed to represent your adoptee. You will then be given regular updates about how your animal is progressing including how your donations are helping. This can be a particularly rewarding way to help support animal charities and support their work protecting animals in the wild and captivity.

If you can’t afford to give money, giving your time by volunteering can be just as beneficial. Almost every charity has volunteer placements, although these can be highly competitive, especially for very popular and well-known charities. Some volunteer placements require you to undergo training in order to get you prepared for the role, so be aware you may have to give up more time than you had originally thought.
Another way to help without spending much money is to complete a sponsored event. Many charities have high profile events that you can sign up to and gain sponsorship. These range from sporting events such as Race for Life, to annual events such as Comic/Sport Relief and Children in Need.

Whatever way you wish to choose to give something back, you can sleep soundly knowing that you’ve done your bit for society.

Zookeeper Competition from Animal Park

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family day outPort Lympne and Howletts animal park ran a competition for visitors to win a private showing of the new Zookeeper film in collaboration with KM Group. The film puts a humorous spin on the daily life of a Zookeeper which the parks found very amusing.

I have seen the film, sadly I was not lucky enough to see the film as a result of the competition but I too found it hilarious. Kevin James plays a very amusing character and it is great fun to follow his story.

I would recommend the film as a family comedy of a dedicated zookeeper that does not have the best luck when it comes to his love life. He decides to leave his job in order to improve his love life but then the animals break their silence and talk to him in the hope that he will stay.

I took my nephew to see the film and then took him to Port Lympne to see the animals in real life. Both occasions made great family days out in Kent and I can’t wait to take him back thank to the Port Lympne passport.

Port Lympne To Win Eden Award

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eden port lympnePort Lympne is one of my all-time favourite days out in Kent and I have just noticed that they have their wild animal park has been nominated for Eden’s Top Wildlife Attraction of the Year. I’m not surprised since they’ve opened their fantastic African Experience.

I have a Port Lympne passport which allows me to visit the park regularly as I don’t have to pay an entrance fee for a whole year with the passport. I adopt an animal every year as a way of contributing towards the wild animal park as they work in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation charity. I am currently adopting a meerkat but next time I want to adopt a giraffe. I know they are slightly different in size but I recently saw the giraffes roaming free whilst on board a safari truck at Port Lympne and they looked stunning.

I am definitely going to head to the Eden website and vote for Port Lympne as I think they should be named Eden’s Top Wildlife Attraction. Voting doesn’t close until midnight on the 16th of September but I want to get mine in early in case I forget. If it isn’t enough to vote for a worthy charitable organisation like Port Lympne, voters are given the chance to win £3,000 worth of holiday vouchers. If I won from voting for Port Lympne I would definitely like to travel to one of their conservation projects to see the great work they do.

Adopt an Elephant – They never forget

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adopt an elephantWhile looking for a great day out in Kent I remembered a colleague talking about Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. She took her kids and her parents and said that it was a great day out for all of them. I think it’s rare these days that you can find somewhere that the whole family of various ages can really enjoy.

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I’ve had a look at their website and I don’t think I am going to be able to resist visiting the cute animals this weekend; I may even have to adopt an animal. My partner freaked when I said I wanted to adopt a tiger, he actually thought I was going to bring it home and install a cat flap. Once I told him that I could adopt a tiger and Port Lympne looked after it he thought it was a great idea.

My partner says he’s going to adopt an elephant because it reminded him of me, didn’t take that too kindly until he explained that it’s because I never forget. Not sure how I should be taking that either to be honest. Anyway the money raised goes towards helping the Aspinall Foundation so if I have to be an elephant it’s definitely worth it to help a great cause.

Adopt an Animal From Port Lympne Wild Animal Park

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adopt an animalMy partner took me to Howletts Wild Animal Park on our First Date and ever since then we visit both Howletts and Port Lymone at least once a year to remember the occasion and visit our favourite animals. To mark the occasion we decided to each adopt an animal as anniversary gifts to each other as the parks and animal mean so much to our partnership.

Adopt an Animal

I went for the adopt a meerkat option because they are so cute and he went for the adopt a tiger option to probably state his manliness. Whilst giving us something to remember we are also helping the Aspinall Foundation charity look after these animals and aid their overseas conservation projects.

You can adopt an animal for just £3 a month, every little helps, we barely notice the money is missing and yet we are helping. We received adoption packs for our meerkat and tiger and we even have them as our PC wallpapers. We enjoy visiting the parks and try to spot the animals that we have adopted.

I’m starting to go adopt an animal mad as I think it is a great gift for someone, especially now when a lot of people have everything. My friends and family have most of the things they need so I think adopting an animal is a thoughtful gift, I try to think of animals they would be most like…could get me into trouble if I adopted an elephant for my Mum.

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