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.

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.

Howletts Animal Park Welcomes Four Monkeys

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wild animal parkHowletts Animal Park and Port Lympne safari park have both welcomed new additions to their parks. Howletts have welcomed four Dusky Langurs in less than three weeks all to four different families.

The four infants were born between 31st March and 17th April 2011, three of which are thought to be female. Howletts is one of three zoos in Europe to keep the Dusky Langurs aka Duskey leaf monkeys. Thanks to the new arrivals Howletts now homes 19 of these monkeys which makes this the biggest group in the world.

These monkeys are so adorable and I feel quite privileged to live a stone’s throw away from Howletts Wildlife Park. The breeding programme has continued to be successful over the years and now accounts for 19 of these monkey compared to the two Howletts began with in 1992.

Ice lollies enjoyed at Kent animal parks

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As we are all enjoying the lovely weather Howletts and Port Lympne animal parks are using their initiative to keep their animals cool.

Over at Port Lympne safari park apple ice blocks have been made to cool down their Giraffes. The keepers enjoy making these natural fruit blocks as it acts as part of their enrichment. It provides a new experience for the Giraffes which encourages problem solving and behaviours they would have learnt from the wild.

Down the road at Howletts wildlife park, Black and White Ruffed lemurs were also handed fruit lollies made by the keepers. It is pretty cool to see animals holding ice lollies and almost mimic human behaviour and understand the trust keepers have errant from the animals.

Let’s hope the weather continues so the animals will keep getting little treats along the way.

Adopt an animal for Mother’s Day

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Aspinall FoundationMother’s day is only a month away so I have started to look for gifts. I wanted to step away from the boring perfume, flowers and chocolates idea and get my Mum something a little different.
My Mum is an animal so I thought what would be more perfect than to adopt an animal for her.

Not only will this be something a bit different it will also help me with the financial side of things as I can pay for the animal monthly on her behalf. I think she would love the opportunity to visit an animal at Howletts animal park as it is not too far for her to travel.

Considering the economic environment is in a state of depression it also feels great that whilst buying a gift we are also helping a brilliant charity. If your mum loves animals why not have a look at the Aspinall foundation for the perfect gift this Mother’s day.

Wild Animal Safari without the price tag

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Port Lympne AmbamThe local wild animal park down the road, in Hythe is investing £1 million into their African Safari. I am so excited to take the kids down to Port Lympne to experience an African Safari in the Easter holidays.

They have just started construction to enlarge the safari park from 100 acres to 500 acres. Unfortunately it won’t quite be ready for this half term, but it will be interesting to go now and see the transformation.

The children are so excited to go and see the famous walking silverback that they can’t wait until Easter. Apparently there will be trucks and land rovers to take you around like you are on a real safari.

It will be a great family day out for us all, just hope the weather might resemble the African climate.