Making a difference
Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve in the UK are breeding sanctuaries for some of the world’s most endangered animals and the perfect place to witness conservation in action. Working in partnership with zoological institutions, The Aspinall Foundation maintains an active role in captive breeding programmes and collaborates with zoos throughout the world.
During a visit to the parks in Kent you’ll discover a number of endangered species you won’t see anywhere else in the UK and see some of our conservation successes for yourself. You help us to be a centre for breeding excellence so that we can send animals back to the wild. Without your generous support our conservation work would not be possible.
Back to the wild
Howletts and Port Lympne house the largest collection of critically endangered western lowland gorillas in the world. 21 gorillas from the parks in Kent have successfully been reintroduced back to the wild in 1 million acres of Congo and Gabon, managed by The Aspinall Foundation and protecting over 50 reintroduced gorillas and the many other resident species.
- The parks are home to the largest breeding herd of Eastern black rhinoceros outside of Africa.
- We are one of the world's most successful breeders of fishing cats.
- Port Lympne Reserve is the only wild animal park in the UK currently breeding rusty spotted cats.
- Within the UK we are the largest breeders of clouded leopards.
- The African elephant herd at Howletts Wild Animal Park is the largest in the UK and has had more births than all other British collections combined!
- Within Europe we have the largest collection of Margay cats.
- Howletts and Port Lympne were the first UK parks to keep Barbary lions (extinct in the wild)
- We are the most successful collection in the UK breeding de brazza's monkeys.
- Howletts is the only animal collection outside of their native country to house grizzled leaf monkeys and is a world leader in breeding the endangered Javan gibbon.
- We are the only wild animal parks outside of Indonesia to house Heck's macaques and, in November 2009, the first offspring was born in the UK.
- Howletts Wild Animal Park is one of only 5 collections in Europe to house the rare Francois langur.
- Port Lympne is one of only a very small number of collections worldwide to house the critically endangered greater bamboo lemur. The Aspinall Foundation helps to protect this elusive primate in their native Madagascar.
- Howletts and Port Lympne manage the studbooks (captive breeding recommendations) for Javan gibbons, clouded leopards, bush dogs, painted dogs and Scottish wild cats.