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Junior ranger 7 - 12 yrs

Do your children or grandchildren keep telling you how much they love wild animals? Stuck for ideas on what to get them for their birthday? Would you like them to learn more that helps with their school work by bringing science and biology to life; and do something amazing that might ultimately assist in their future development?

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the solution

Behind the scenes

Well here is a solution. Enrol them on the Junior Ranger for the day. This amazing full day experience offers budding Animal Keepers a very real opportunity to get behind the scenes at Port Lympne or Howletts by having a guided VIP tour of the park with an Education Animal specialist.

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the knowledge

unique insight

Throughout the day the children will meet the specialist keepers, who will speak about what a rewarding job it is they do, how challenging it is to get into, what qualifications are needed to get into it as a career and how important it is to start early if you want it to become an Animal Keeper.

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the topics

Topics Covered

Throughout the day the guide will discuss topics such as:

  • Conservation. They will be given a brief history of the park and will get to talk about the importance of conservation work and our role in the protection of wild animals.
  • Animal encounters. Over the day the children will have some animal encounters to help build their confidence when they are close to the wild animals.
  • Habitats and adaptation. They will see where the animals sleep and will learn about their different homes and habitats.
  • Growth and evolution. They will meet the park's young animals and learn how they will change and develop as they grow up.
  • Food for thought. They will find out all about dinnertime in the animal world; who eats what, or who eats who! And all about our enrichment program that helps promote healthy living of captive animals.
  • Animal behaviours. They will have an opportunity to compare and contrast the different animals' behaviours.

your day

Your day

  • Meet at the entrance for 10.00
  • Meet the herbivorous rhinoceros
  • Meet the keeper of the largest ape, the gorillas
  • Meet the Red River hogs
  • Lunch (not included) is around 12:15
  • Meet the massive elephants
  • Meet the largest member of the cat family; the tigers
  • Meet the keeper of the amusing lemurs
  • Meet the elusive tapirs
  • The day ends at around 16.00


Notes for the Junior Ranger

We would recommend that you ideally bring wellington boots for yourself and the children, but as an alternative, flat sensible shoes.

We ask that you all wear something warm or have layers that should include a warm thick waterproof jacket, ideally with hood, just in case it rains as you and the children will be outside most of the day.

Don't forget your camera and batteries!

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Howletts Wild Animal Park has many more activities to enhance your experience to create a memory that will last forever.

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Information and Booking

Information and Booking

What you need to know

This day is ideal for special occasions such as a birthday or just a special holiday treat. This really will be a day to cherish and could be the start of a lifelong adventure with wild animals. Junior Ranger days are really popular so book early if you want the date to be as close to the birthday as possible.

Tariff per child and accompanying adult £175.

Additional children £87.50.

This is a group experience with a minimum of 4 children and a maximum of up to 10 (including accompanying adults) at Howletts on Saturdays throughout the year. Occasionally we can accommodate groups on Half term dates. Please do enquire

Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian

This experience is available to children aged between 7 to 12 years old (please ask about our Keeper Academy for information for children over 12 years old).

Itinerary is subject to change.

The day will last approximately 6 hours with half an hour set aside for lunch (please note lunch is not included in the cost of the day)

The children will receive a personalised Junior Ranger Experience certificate.

You should note the that Junior Ranger experiences are different: at Howletts you have a Foot Safari and at Port Lympne for some of the day you will go on an off road African Safari experience; some of the animals, guides and the order of the days are also different.

How to book

Please call 0844 842 4647 for more information. Gift vouchers are available for all Experiences for those special surprise gifts.

The Junior Ranger for the Day Experience is available at Port Lympne Reserve, Nr Ashford and Howletts Wild Animal Park, nr Canterbury.

2017 Dates - Howletts

Saturday 25th January
Saturday 18th March -
Saturday 1st April
Thursday 6th April
Saturday 8th April
Saturday 22nd April
Saturday 6th May
Saturday 13th May
Saturday 20th May
Saturday 3rd June
Saturday 10th June
Saturday 1st July
Saturday 8th July
Saturday 15th July
Saturday 5th August
Saturday 12th August
Saturday 19th August
Saturday 2nd September
Saturday 9th September
Saturday 16th September
Saturday 7th October
Saturday 14th October

2017 Dates - Port Lympne

Sunday 29th January
Sunday 5th February
Sunday 5th March
Sunday 12th March
Sunday 19th March
Wednesday 5th April
Sunday 7th May
Sunday 14th May
Sunday 11th June
Sunday 2nd July
Sunday 16th July
Sunday 23rd July
Sunday 6th August
Sunday 13th August
Sunday 20th August
Sunday 10th September
Sunday 17th September
Sunday 8th October
Sunday 5th November
Sunday 12th November
Sunday 19th November

Customer Reviews

Sue Risby


What can I say about the amazing animal encounters and the opportunities to go behind the scenes to touch, feed and watch the animals at close quarters and learn about their living quarters, diet and the work of the keepers? Grace and I had a truly amazing day!! - the gorgeous rhino, the fuzzy tapirs, fascinating elephants, hilarious lemurs, naughty macaque monkeys, cute piglets and their bigger relatives, the enigmatic gorillas, the fabulous tigers and the beautiful Barbary lions. So many great memories - it's impossible to choose a favourite animal or part of the day.

Grace Risby


I really wanted to provide some feedback on my daughter's junior ranger day. We visited on Saturday 6th July and definitely weren't disappointed!

excellent and made sure we understood all the health and safety issues as well as making sure the children had fun and were learning. Her sense of fun was infectious and with her cheeky sense of humour, she kept us all entertained. I would like to think that I'm a well-informed animal lover, but I learnt a lot more from George and all the fabulous keepers who took the time to talk to us during our experience day.