Port Lympne Animal Reserve


Hello! Last week I went to Port Lympne Animal Reserve in Kent, the weather was horrendous so most of the animals were hiding under shelter (probably laughing at all us humans standing in the rain!) but I managed to get some photos though not much. You can coo over the bubba giraffe at least! 


Port Lympne Animal Reserve giraffes


We got there at around lunch time so grabbed a quick bite to eat at one of the cafes before we got in one of the trucks and headed off on the safari. We didn't see every animal because of the weather and also it was a very bumpy ride so I didn't take as many photos as I should have! But it was good to see the cheetahs as they're one of my favourite animals. They were mother and daughter, who was only 18 months old!

Port Lympne Animal Reserve giraffes
Port Lympne Animal Reserve cheetah
Port Lympne Animal Reserve cheetah
Port Lympne Animal Reserve cheetah
Port Lympne Animal Reserve giraffes

There were also some bears but we drove by too fast to get pics! They had all different kinds of deer and cattle too but I didn't quite get the names of them. All just lion food anyway ;-) I kid, I kid! You know I love Bambi <3

Port Lympne Animal Reserve safari
Port Lympne Animal Reserve safari
Port Lympne Animal Reserve safari
Port Lympne Animal Reserve safari
Port Lympne Animal Reserve safari

Then as we came to the end of the safari we were met by Rosie the rhino and some zebras. It was quite incredible seeing a black rhino up close and unbelievable that these beautiful animals are endangered because of poaching. It's great that while we were there a baby rhino had not long been born, we didn't see it as it was inside keeping warm with it's mama but you can watch a super cute video of it here.  We also saw a weird little thing called a pallas cat but to be honest I didn't hang around it too long as it was so odd looking - it had the face of a monkey! You know I love animals but cats aren't my favourite and the longer I looked at it the weirder it seemed! So fluffy though.

Port Lympne Animal Reserve black rhino
Port Lympne Animal Reserve zebra
Port Lympne Animal Reserve pallas cat

Then we hopped off the truck and went on the monkey trail, we didn't see much at all but by now the rain was crazy so I don't blame them all for staying in the dry! They have a lot of gorillas at Port Lympne but we didn't see them all, however the few we did see were great fun - I could've watched them all day! I was so busy watching them that I actually forgot to take photos, oops. But I got some of the baboons and then some barbary lions at the end which was incredible, as they put on a bit of a show roaring for us! Sadly they're also extinct in the wild so places like this are the only way we're going to get to see them now (they have statues of them at the Tower of London as they used to be kept there back in the day!) I might be wrong but I think they might be a bit smaller than African lions but I thought they were certainly still big enough! They were SO beautiful.

Port Lympne Animal Reserve baboons
Port Lympne Animal Reserve babboons
Port Lympne Animal Reserve babboons
Port Lympne Animal Reserve barbary lions
Port Lympne Animal Reserve barbary lions


All in all we had a great time, despite the crappy weather - I'd like to go back visit on a sunnier day! Like many people I do feel a bit conflicted about zoos but the great thing about Port Lympne is that they try to reintroduce animals back into the wild where possible and are committed to protecting animals around the world (you can read more on their conservation work here.)

I felt so lucky walking around this day as we walked for miles and most of it was uphill, it would have been almost impossible for me to do before! This was somewhere I had planned to go pre-transplant but it would have been so difficult as it's not the most accessible place because it's all very hilly and steep and just not very wheelchair friendly due to its location. However Howletts is also run by the same people and is much flatter so may be the better option if that's a concern for you. It's definitely on my list of places to go!

Have you ever been to Port Lympne? What's your favourite animal park to go and visit?








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