Howletts and it's sister park, Port Lympne are not your average zoos. They were both derelict properties purchased by John Aspinall to house his growing collection of animals. Howletts was the family home where his passion for animal conservation was funded by his successful gambling career.
These animals do not have pokey little cages but large spacious enclosures; the animals at Port Lympne have sea views and the rhinos at Howletts have under floor in their double bedroom.
As a charity, the Aspinall Foundation are very much focused on the conservation, committed to the protection of endangered animals and the preservation of the habitats.
If ever you were a little worried that zoos might be a touch cruel and voyeuristic,then these two animal parks are definitely the place to come. Every penny this truly magnificent silver back earns from the public watching him lording over his troop helps to save his cousins survive in the wild.
|Charlie playing the gorilla conservation board game|
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