Animal Experiences in Kent
With a range of zoos and wildlife parks across the county, Kent is a premier place for animal encounters, whether you like the large, the small, the furry or the scaly. Here are some of the best attractions to visit if you want to get up close and personal to some of nature’s finest creatures.
Wingham Wildlife Park
Based near Canterbury, Wingham Wildlife Park not only has a host of animals to see, it also offers a wide range of encounters. Enjoy up to 20 minutes with the meerkats, penguins, pumas, tigers or one of the other residents from £70 per person, which includes entry to the park. You’ll have chance to feed your chosen animal and even touch one or two of the bolder species.
Rare Breeds Centre
Located just outside Ashford, the Rare Breeds Centre introduces visitors to an array of rare and native farm breeds including English Longhorn cattle, Tamworth pigs and a variety of poultry, sheep and goats. In the children’s barn, kids can meet and cuddle rabbits, guinea pigs, newborn chicks and goats, while visitors of age seven and up can enjoy a falconry experience from just £25 per person, depending on the chosen activity. The centre also offers full falconry courses for those who want to get a deeper insight into birds of prey.
Part of the Aspinall Foundation, and situated near Folkestone, Port Lympne has an array of animal encounters available from 30-minute experiences to keeper days, which offer a chance to assist keepers in their duties. There are also encounters tailored for children, during which they’ll be given talks on conservation, habitats and behaviours, and meet big cats, rhinos and gorillas.
Eagle Heights Wildlife Park
With a focus on birds of prey, Eagle Heights in Eynsford has no fewer than ten types of eagle as well as vultures, owls, hawks and an assortment of mammals and reptiles. Bird lovers can try an eagle, owl or hawking experience from £70 per person or £90 for two people, while dog fans will enjoy a VIP tour of the husky kennels or a one-day sled driving course. Both are a great way to get close to some majestic animals.
Amazing Animal Encounters
This small, privately run establishment close to Marden is a shelter that offers visitors a chance to meet a motley assortment of residents, such as Dinky the pot-bellied pig, Roo the wallaby and Vincent the Siberian fox. Encounters are run with the animals’ welfare as a priority, and can be tailored to groups of children. Sessions start from £80 to meet six species.
Make the most of your animal encounter in Kent
If you’re planning an animal encounter for yourself or a loved one in Kent, why not make it an extra special weekend with a stay at the Marquis at Alkham? Our elegant rooms and excellent restaurant offer the perfect end to an exciting day meeting your favourite species.