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"Great wild animal park with emphasis on conservation…"
Mumsnet were invited to review an overnight stay at Livingstone Cottage, set within the heart of Port Lympne Wildlife Park. This review covers off the park itself, as opposed to the accommodation package.
The park is split in two so you have a “safari experience” and an area which you can explore by foot.
First off we took safari experience in a typical safari jeep, shared with other families. Throughout the drive we had several close encounters with the local residents – including Rhino, Cheetahs, Ostriches, Zebra, Elephants, Giraffes, and various water bucks. Our ranger’s knowledge was faultless and really made the safari. It was so much more insightful than any other zoo tour I’ve taken.
After about an hour and a half we then grabbed a quick coffee and snack from the reasonably price shop and headed out to explore by foot. You don’t need to take your buggy in with you as there are plenty dotted around the park for you to use as and when – perfect for those exploring with toddlers who want to sit in the buggy, want to walk, want to sit in buggy, want to walk etc.
What really makes Port Lympne stand out from other parks is the conservation aspect. At its heart is the ethos that “zoos” shouldn’t exist to simply home animals for the publics’ viewing pleasure. They should be there as a means to enable conservation and the park has an active breeding programme, along with a programme to return animals to the wild. We spent a great deal of time in awe of a family of 11 Gorillas who are scheduled to be returned to Congo later this year – inspiring stuff. Overall I’d really recommend this, it’s an enjoyable and educational experience and you’d be hard pressed to come away not wanting to do something for animal conservation.Read moreLess