Get up close and personal
Animal Encounters at Howletts Wild Animal Park, Nr Canterbury, offer the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most rare and endangered animals on the planet. You’ll treasure the memory of your animal encounters forever. Animal encounters also make a great gift for the animal lover in your life.
Honey Badger Encounter
NEW! Are you brave enough to meet the world’s most fearless animal? Howletts is the only place in the UK you can see these amazing creatures. The badgers love new toys and smells so you can create something to amuse them and see their reaction!
Giant Anteater Encounter
NEW! Meet our Giant Anteaters and discover first hand (LITERALLY!) how long their incredible tongues are. Go behind the scenes to see up close how these amazing animals are built for eating ants. You will see their immensely powerful front legs armed with claws strong enough to break open ant nests!
Big Cat Encounter
Get a unique insight
Your encounter will include time with one of our expert keepers at Howletts as they introduce you to the animal of your choice - big cats, elephants, gorillas, primates, rhinos or tapirs. Learn interesting facts, hand feed where possible and enjoy behind the scenes access as you immerse yourself in our amazing world.
Words can't describe how amazing this zoo truly is. I had the absolute pleasure of participating in a Gorilla experience. Even though I am terrified of heights the keeper was patient and completely lovely! I absolutely love the Aspinalls and their work with gorillas! All the animals look so happy and well cared for!
Prices & Bookings
Animal Encounters are £75 for a 30 minute experience per person. Reduced rates available for short break guests.
To book an animal encounter at Howletts please call 01227 721286, e-mail us or use the form below to send us an enquiry.