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Kent’s wild animals get ready for winter wonderland

Kent’s award-winning wild animal parks, Howletts and Port Lympne, have launched their #WildWinter campaign, revealing some unexpected facts about how their wild animals adapt when the temperature drops.

#WildWinter highlights the differences that visitors can expect to see as animals change their coats, pile on some extra insulation and use some cunning tactics to stay warm.

Far from hibernating when the weather gets chilly, plenty of wild animals are in their element. Neil Spooner, Animal Director at Howletts, said: “Winter is a wonderful time at Howletts.  Many animals, including the snow leopards, Amur tigers and wolves, love the colder weather so they are often spotted out and about exploring their surroundings.”

Adrian Harland, Animal Director at Port Lympne Reserve, added: “The winter season at Port Lympne is a great time to explore the park – it’s the perfect time to wrap up warm and enjoy spotting some of the animals here that revel in the cold, including our red pandas, Amur tigers, takin and Przewalski horses.

Education presenters are on hand at both parks, with fact-packed animal talks and feeds sharing more about how the animals adapt to the winter months at the reserve.

More information about #WildWinter and a handy printout sheet to help uncover the best-kept winter secrets and entertainments, as well as a prize draw and ticket discounts, can be found at


Facts about Howletts and Port Lympne

  • Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve work with The Aspinall Foundation, a world leading conservation charity. The parks in Kent are two of the county’s most popular visitor attractions. Profits from the parks in Kent and accommodation at Port Lympne Reserve go towards helping The Aspinall Foundation’s efforts to save rare and endangered species, both in the UK and overseas.
  • Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve, working in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation, are some of the most successful breeders of captive endangered animals in the world. With unrivalled achievements in husbandry, the conservation charity boasts 138 gorilla, 37 black rhino, 126 clouded leopards, 37 Javan gibbons, 106 Javan langur and 20 African elephants births.
  • The Aspinall Foundation manages conservation projects in the Congo, Gabon, Indonesia and Madagascar, as well as providing financial support to various partner projects around the world. The conservation charity’s important work helps prevent some of the most endangered species on the planet from becoming extinct.

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