6 Kent Animal Parks to Visit this Summer #TigerDay

According to WWF (the world’s leading independent conservation organisation), we have lost over 95% of wild tigers since the beginning of the 20th Century but now for the first time in the history of conservation, tiger numbers are on the increase. This shows that collectively we can work together to save species across the globe.

Although tiger numbers are increasing, the fight to save this beautiful and iconic species is still underway and you can help in the following ways: 

Become a Tiger Protector with WWF

Visit local zoos and conservation parks 

Supporting conservation charities such as The Aspinall Foundation 

Raise awareness with your friends, family and pupils

By visiting zoos and conservation parks, you are helping to fund vital conservation work internationally. 

Here’s a list of some of the best parks to visit in Kent that aid conservation and will also give you a fabulous day out with your family this summer:

1) Howletts Wild Animal Park, Canterbury. Howletts Wild Animal Park is one of Aspinall's award winning parks committed to the conservation, breeding and reintroduction of rare and endangered animals. The park is home to the largest herd of African elephants in the UK. 

2) Port Lympne Reserve, Lympne near Hythe. Port Lympne is home to over 700 species of rare animals and has the largest herd of endangered black rhino in the UK. The park is also home to a safari experience where you can get up close to some of nature’s most beautiful creatures. The park has a variety of safari themed accommodation available and has recently opened a new experience, Tiger Lodge, where you can sleep within a whisker of the big cats. 

3) Wingham Wildlife Park, Canterbury. The park is described as Kent’s fastest growing zoo and has an array of animal species to enjoy including tigers. They also offer a fantastic interactive endangered species activity book to turn your kids into “Conservation Warriors” and make your day out even more fun!

4) Wildwood Trust, Herne Bay. Wildwood have over 200 native British species (therefore, sadly no tigers) who reside in the park and is set in 40 acres of ancient woodland. They run a range of conservation courses throughout the year and several captive breeding programmes. 

5) Hemsley Conservation Centre, Fairseat. The centre is home to a host of small mammals, insects, birds and amphibians and offer a packed schedule of talks and animal experiences. They have education and outreach programme and are running a fun Junior Ranger Academy throughout the summer holidays. 

6) Eagle Heights Foundation, Dartford. Eagle Heights is one of the UKs largest Bird of Prey Centres and they have over 50 species of birds. They have an active breeding programme and also support conservation work outside of the UK. 

If you are looking for more information and resources to promote conservation and environmental awareness in the classroom check out our blog article we created for Earth Day 2017

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