Keeper Academy

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Please note the price of your experience does not include entry to either Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve or Howletts Wild Animal Park, unless you're an overnight guest of Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve.

If you're not an overnight guest of Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, then a valid day entry ticket will need to be purchased on arrival at the Gatehouse or online in advance, up to 24 hours prior to your visit.



Howletts Wild Animal Park

Contact Number:

01303 264647

Keeper Academy


Have you ever wanted to find out what it is like to be a wild animal keeper? Now you can at the Keeper Academy at Howletts Wild Animal Park in Kent. ] The Keeper Academy offers young people aged between 13 & 17 the chance to become a trainee keeper for a day in a hands-on and educational experience. A typical day will involve studying animal observation, cleaning out animals, food preparation and feeding, learning the principles of enclosure design and enrichment, captive breeding and conservation with our expert keeping staff.

Additional information

Regrettably, certain guests will be unable to take part in some experiences including people with relevant phobias or known allergies, pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals. Please contact us before booking, so we can advise.

Whilst every effort will be made to accommodate those with a disability or learning difficulty, due to practicality and health and safety this cannot always be achieved; please contact us for advice before booking.

We’d just like to take this opportunity to remind you that the welfare of our animals and safety of our guests is our first priority. We reserve the right to cancel experiences and activities at very short notice, if we believe the animals or our guests may be adversely affected. In the unlikely event that this occurs, we will provide you with alternative dates or offer a full refund for the safari, experience or activity you have booked.