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Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and Mansion
Port Lympne in Kent is a 350-acre safari park with an historic stately home and gardens at its centre. Between the wars Winston Churchill, Lloyd George, Charlie Chaplin and Lawrence of Arabia were entertained by the builder and owner of the house, Sir Philip Sassoon MP.
The Port Lympne Wild Animal Park (and its sister park near Canterbury, Howletts) differ from traditional zoos because they have a policy of encouraging close social contact between the staff and the animals in their care. The animals kept at the park for conservation reasons include gorillas, tigers, lions, black rhino, elephants, wolves, monkeys and more.
Millions of television viewers have enjoyed the sight of John Aspinall, members of his family, and staff at the two zoos going in with such animals as adult gorillas or pairs of tigers with young cubs.
Going in with animals of large and potentially dangerous species involves some risk, and tragedies have occurred during the 40 year tenure of the park at Howletts and the 25 years at Port Lympne. But the reason a strong bond between keeper and animal is encouraged is to allow keepers to treat animals with medical problems without having to anaesthetise them. It also offers keepers unrivalled insights into the individual personalities and social relationships of their animals, and provides emotional and intellectual stimulation for the animals themselves.
The parks are charities and are loss-making, so your entrance fee helps them to continue their ground-breaking work of raising animals to return them to the wild while giving you an exciting and memorable "real life" experience of magnificent wild animals in as near natural surroundings as possible.
So get ready to enjoy a real safari experience, without leaving the British Isles!
Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and Mansion Information
Opening Hours: 10am-4pm (allow 3-4 hours per visit)
Address: Lympne, CT21 4PD
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