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Visit Howletts Animal Park This Half Term And Celebrate Halloween

If you are planning a holiday this October half term, why not visit Howletts near Cantebury Kent which is one of the UK’s most successful animal parks. This holiday, the park will ensure the kids will have lots of fun with plenty of prizes to be won in various competitions, free activities and educational talks that will be given over the whole holiday.

Activities every day

The fun starts on Saturday 24th October and will continue to Sunday 1st November with activities taking place every day. These include the frightening fact trail which will educate visitors on the dangers animals face in the wild as well as plenty of talks that are filled with fun and facts. There is also a touch table that is simply terrifying that will give visitors the opportunity to build a hotel for bugs that serves to protect creepy crawlies.

“‘We’re open every day throughout half term and we’re encouraging all our visitors to get into the spirit of Halloween early with all our frightful fun activities. This year we are also holding a fancy dress competition, on Saturday 31st October, where participating visitors can win some fantastic prizes.’ Neil Spooner, Animal Director said.

Top attraction

There will be a number of activities to celebrate Halloween including a fancy dress competition, plus visitors will be able to participate in a workshop for pumpkin carving. Later on guests will be able to see the animals enjoy the tasty treats. Howletts Wild Animal Park has consistently been rated as a top attraction by reviewers on TripAdvisor and was recently inducted into the site’s hall of fame.

Lots of things to do and see

The park will have its doors open over the entire half term period and visitors will have the opportunity to wander throughout the 90 acres of extremely beautiful natural parkland and spot rare and endangered species. If you are really lucky you may even get to see the latest arrivals to the park, the adorable baby gibbons and many more.

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The Aspinall Foundation Returns Five Javan Primates To Their Original Home

World renowned conservation group The Aspinall Foundation which has had unrivalled success in captive breeding of endangered species, says that it is beginning to take the initial steps of returning a group of Javan primates to their original home land where they have nearly been hunted to extinction.

The Aspinall Foundation says it will return a total of five Javan grizzled langurs. The organisation has already flown out the animals to the Javan Primates Rehabilitation Centre (JPRC) in West Java. There were two males and three females that have been returned plus an additional three Javan ebony langurs were also sent home from the Foundation’s Port Lympne Reserve.

Back To The Wild Initiative

Returning the animals to their original stomping ground is part of the Aspinall Foundation’s “Back to the Wild” initiative. Under the program, the charity is returning captively bred animals ranging from endangered species such as gibbons, black rhino, European bison, clouded leopards and gorillas to their native homeland where the survival of these species is being threatened.

Before leaving the UK the langurs were given a battery of veterinary checks to make sure the animals were not carrying any infectious diseases. The process will continue throughout their pre-release phase whilst they are in quarantine in Java. Once the langurs are released into the wild their breeding patterns, habits and movements will be closely monitored by a team of scientists.

Rebuilding Populations In The Wild

The purpose of the Javan project is to rebuild viable populations of primates in the wild, where numbers have dropped as a result of hunting and habitat destruction. Damian Aspinall, Chariman of the Foundation said:

“It is our guiding philosophy that modern conservation must embrace the over-riding need to breed endangered species and then return them safely to the wild in order to restore populations devastated by mankind. These animals belong in their natural habitats on the planet and therefore merely breeding animals and keeping them two by two in captivity for the entertainment of the public can no longer of itself be a valid conservation aim.”

Aside from increasing the indigenous population with captively bred primates and those primates that have been rescued by the charity’s East and West Java centres, the Foundation along with the government of Indonesia is seeking to reduce the practice of poaching and trading of the species through awareness, education and information.

Image Courtesy Of The Aspinall Foundation

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Ambam The Gorilla Celebrates Birthday At Port Lympne

Ambam is arguably the most famous western lowland gorilla and is a resident at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park. He is celebrating his birthday in style after achieving fame when his gorilla walks like a man video went viral back in 2009 registering over 5.9 million hits. Ambam weighs 220 kilograms and has the ability to stand fully upright and is one of the few gorillas who is able to do this. If you are visiting the park you should also keep an eye out for Ambam’s sister Tamba who also has a two year old son Kabale, both of whom also have the ability to walk upright.

Recently Ambam celebrated his 24th birthday with a cake that was baked especially for him by SugarRush Baking Company in Hastings. The cake was completely gluten and sugar free and made using pumpkin seeds, bananas, apples and carrots. The bottom tier of the cake was made with icing made from apple puree and beetroot, whilst the top of the cake iced with ingredients such are swede puree, carrot and parsnip. The cake itself was decorated with almonds, banana chips, grapes, and aubergine.

Lynsey Mclean, owner of SugarRush Baking Company explains: “I was delighted to be asked to bake a birthday cake for Ambam and had a lot of fun designing it.”

Phil Ridges, Head of Gorillas adds: “All gorillas have the ability to stand upright to some degree although they often choose not to, but Ambam and his sister have a particular talent at standing and walking completely upright on two legs.”

At present Port Lympne Wild Animal Park serves as home to 20 lowland gorillas which are listed as being critically endangered. Gorilla numbers have declined by over 60 per cent over the last quarter century in response to habitat loss, disease induced mortality and high levels of hunting. Last summer the Park working in collaboration with the Aspinall Foundation sought to relocate a family of Gorillas from Kent back to Africa.

Image courtesy of The Aspinall Foundation.

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The Aspinall Foundation Pleased To Announce The Arrival Of A Gelada Baboon

The mission at Howletts Wild Animal Park is to preserve animals. Therefore it goes without saying the park is thrilled to announce the birth of a new Gelada Baboon.

It is still far too early to be able to tell the sex of the two week old infant however keepers are very happy with how well Sereba the mother of the new addition is caring for her new born. The Gelada Baboon is a unique species of primate in that it is the only type that feeds primarily on grass. The species is sociable and lives in large hierarchical groups.

Adam May a Primate Keeper at the park says he is extremely pleased that Sereba is taking care of her new born so well. Mr. May says the new addition should be a good playmate for its brother Leena who was born back in 2010.

Howletts Wild Animal Park likes to distinguish itself from regular zoos because of its dedication to animal conservation. The Park is well known for its extreme commitment to animal welfare. Howletts provides large enclosures that allows animals the freedom to enjoy foliage and privacy as they choose. The Park as a result has become one of the top breeding sanctuary’s for some of the most en

Howletts Wild Animal Park, near Canterbury in Kent, distinguishes itself from conventional zoos through its devotion to animal conservation and is well known for the high standards of its animal welfare. The park offers fantastic large enclosures that allow the animals to enjoy natural foliage and privacy as they choose. As a result, the park has successfully become a breeding sanctuary for some of the world’s most endangered animals.

Neil Spooner, Animal Director commented: “We are committed to providing the highest standards of animal conservation and hope to lead by example to other zoos. It has been great to celebrate so many animal births recently, and we are very proud of our latest gelada baboon infant.”

Port Lympne and Howletts Wild Animal Parks both work very closely with The Aspinall Foundation which is a leading animal conservation charity. In 2013 the charity was responsible for the successful return of a family of Western lowland gorillas from Kent to the African wild.

Image Courtesy of The Aspinall Foundation

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Win £500 for Your Favourite Charity with Udopt

Here’s a chance for you to win £500 for your favourite charity, and all you need to do is ROAR about it the loudest! Udopt is a brand new charity donations website that allows you to adopt a whole host of interesting animals. Some cuddly, like a Guide Dogs for the Blind puppy, some fierce, like a WWF Snow Leopard, and some just downright crazy, like the Aspinall Foundation’s Honey Badger!

To celebrate the launch of their awesome new website, they are giving YOU the chance to grab £500 for your favourite charity simply by signing up telling your friends about it. It’s really simple to do, and an amazing way to raise extra funds for the charity you hold closest to your heart. All you need to do is –

  • Enter your email address
  • Verify you subscription
  • Then choose which social networks to share on

You can choose from Facebook, Twitter, Google +, tumblr and inshore, or you can email a link to your friends so they can join in too. For each person that registers you receive one point, and the person with the most friends registered will win the £500 donation to their favourite charity.

You can even check how you are getting by revisiting the Udopt website and adding your registered email address to the box for your stats. I just tried this function out and it definitely works as I currently have no people signed up. Not for long, as I just sent the link out to all my friends via Facebook and Twitter at the touch of a button, hitting over 1000 friends in an instant. Let’s see how popular I really am!

Pretty simple eh? So what are you waiting for?! Let everyone see how big your roar is for Udopt, and a £500 donation could be winging its way to your favourite charity, absolutely free! Definitely something to shout about!

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The Aspinall Foundation Animal Work in Africa

The Aspinall Foundation help to protect rare and endangered animals not just in the UK, but also in Africa. In conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks, the Foundation has set up two Gorilla rescue and rehabilitation projects in the Congo and Gabon.

In the African projects, over 50 western lowland gorillas have been successfully reintergrated to their natural habitats,with 11 births to these reintroduced gorillas since 2004. Nine of the gorillas now living in the Gabon park were born at Howletts Wild Animal Park and were transferred to their natural home.

The Aspinall Foundation wildlife charity also helps to reintroduce a number of other endangered animals. These include two black rhinos who were born at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent and were returned in 2007 to their natural home on the Serengeti in Tanzania, as well as przewalski horses and a Sumatran rhino.

The Port Lympne Wild Animal Park is set in nearly 600 acres and features a historic mansion and landscaped gardens. The estate was purchased in 1973 by John Aspinall to solve lack of space at Howletts Wild Animal Park, and was opened to the public in 1976. The park is now home to over 1,000 endangered animals, who are being cared for in an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible, so they can be returned there smoothly when possible.

Thanks to the the support of the general public and donations from their ‘adopt an animal’ scheme, The Aspinall Foundation will continue it’s tireless quest to help nurture animals of all shapes and sizes to the best of their ability.

Adopt an Animal with the Aspinall Foundation

Animal adoptions start from just £3.00 a month which will help to protect your selected species and the recipient of the gift will get the following specific to your chosen animal –

  • a wallpaper
  • fact sheet
  • certificate
  • a monthly e-newsletter
  • FREE entry to one of the Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks in Kent
  • Updates on your animal

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New Arrivals Welcomed by The Aspinall Foundation

The Aspinall Foundation are celebrating the birth of two baby western lowland gorillas at the Howletts Wild Animal Park. Mother to both the new born gorillas, who were born on 8th April 2009 is Boma, a 13 year old female who arrived from St Martin La Plaine Zoo in France.

Head of the Gorilla section at Howletts, Lorna Wanless, said –

We are delighted to welcome another Western Lowland Gorilla to Howletts. We are fortunate to be able to care for and work with so many of this endangered species and pleased to see that mum and baby are showing real signs of bonding.

At sister park Port Lympne, near Hythe, there was also the arrival of another baby gorilla, born to 22 year old Mumba who already has two male offspring. Father of all three is 27 year old Djala, who was rescued from the Congo and has sired 26 babies to date.

Commented Head of Gorilla Section at Port Lympne, Phil Ridges –

We knew that Mumba was pregnant but the gestation period did seem to go on a little longer than anticipated.  Everyone was pleased to see that Mumba had a successful labour and both mother and baby are doing very well.

With only 100,000 Western lowland gorillas left in the world, these gracious creatures could well be extinct by 2020 if their numbers continue to decline through deforestation and the widespread Ebola virus in Central Africa.  The Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks play an important role in the breeding of gorillas, with the two parks now housing the largest collection in human care on the planet with 77 Western lowland gorillas between them. The Aspinall Foundation continues to expand its colony at the Kent parks as well as returning captive bred gorillas to Africa via its rescue and rehabilitation programme in the Congo and Gabon.

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Adopt an Animal this Christmas with the Aspinall Foundation

The Aspinall Foundation works in conjunction with Howletts and Port Lympne Wild Animal Parks to protect rare and endangered animals, and return them to protected areas in the wild. You can help them continue their great work and also give someone a charity gift that shows you care. You can Adopt an Animal today from just £3 per month – it’s the perfect gift for the person who has everything!

You are adopting a named animal, many of them live at either Howletts or Port Lympne Wild Animal Park in Kent, all of them are cared for by The Aspinall Foundation. Many of these animals are rare and endangered so your gift is making a real difference to their future survival. The benefits you receive are sent via email so cutting down on paper wastage. The package includes one ticket to visit either Howletts or Port Lympne.

Moanda gives birth in the Gabon Case Study – How Your Money Helps

In August 2008 The Aspinall Foundation celebrated the 7th birth for their projects in Africa since Téké was born in 2004. The mother, Moanda is a founder member of the group in Gabon, rescued in 1998 while still only a few months old and nearly 10 years after arrival she became a mum. Moanda arrived with Lekedi who gave birth to her first baby, Okeli, in October 2007 and became part of the group led by dominant male Marco.

The team in Gabon have named this new addition Ntsege which means “plain or savannah” in the local language of Teke. Moanda showed her joy at this baby by trying to show her off to staff members however the males in the group didn’t like this and displayed to the staff.

Since the projects in Congo and Gabon were set up over 19 years ago The Aspinall Foundation have successfully reintroduced over 50 western lowland gorilla, many of these were rescued from the bush-meat trade. The charity has also returned nine young gorillas born at our wild animal parks in Kent to the Gabon, where they are learning to adapt to the challenges of living in the wild.

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