Aspinall’s Howletts

Keeping wild animals captive will always be a contentious issue but… we’re not keeping them very well in the wild so luckily, some institutions are making great efforts to ensure endangered species continue to reproduce in relatively comfortable and engaging environments. Aspinall’s Foundation have two sites in the south of England where it would seem every effort is made for the animals to be held in large enclosures with nature all around them. I have always gone to Port Lympne which closer to where we live but this time, I thought I’d take a drive out to Canterbury to visit Howlett’s. Both are great parks but both are good for different reasons. Although the gorillas were very dozy on the day I went, albeit shaded from the sunny weather, I thought there was much better viewing of elephants at Howlett’s.

And, both parks do special photography packages that I may have to seriously consider one of these days.

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Elephant must have been posing.
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Beautiful animal
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Moloch gibbon
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These lion-tailed macaques were fascinated by something.
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Gorilla feeding
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Some very useful toes.
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Asian wild dogs (dholes) scrapping over meat.
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Through glass, I love the reflections on this mother and baby of the countryside behind me.
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Java Langur looking very punky.
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That just looks like mischief.
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Clouded leopard rousing himself after his siesta.
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Red river hogs straight out of a Disney film
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A pair of lions.
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A family of Gelada Baboons – making daisy chains?
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A mother’s love – the one photo you really wish had been in focus.
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Black and white Colobus.
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