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.
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.
To book an animal encounter at Howletts please call 01227 721286, e-mail us or use the form below to send us an enquiry.
Important things to note
Children must be aged 7 or over for all encounters.
Children below the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult and there must be a minimum of one adult to every 2 children per booking.
Guests should make their way to the agreed point for a half hour session.
Animal Encounters are not exclusive. Maximum group size is 5 for all encounters.
All guests must wear appropriate attire such as sensible footwear and clothes for inclement weather.
Gift vouchers are available for all animal encounters. If you are giving an Animal Encounter as a gift you must inform the benefactor of the need to wear sensible clothes and inform us of any disability or special needs.