Size of the Zoo
Port Lympne Reserve is situated on 240ha (600 acres of land).
In 1973 John Aspinall was beginning to run out of space for his animals at Howlett’s Wild Animal Park. This problem was solved through the purchase of Port Lympne Estate which was home to a historic mansion and gardens with 600 acres of land surrounding it.
Port Lympne Reserve was opened to the public in 1976.
In 1984 ownership of the estate was handed to the John Aspinall Foundation who have retained the ownership since.
Number of Animals
Port Lympne Reserve houses over 650 animals representing 50 species.
Europe’s largest collection of life size dinosaurs is currently rampaging in the forest of Port Lympne Reserve. The exhibit allows you to wander around these magnificent models and try your hand at digging for fossils.
Three playgrounds can be found across the site for kids to let off some steam.
*Remember to check the zoo’s website for opening hours, conditions and charges*
A gorilla housed at Port Lympne Reserve shot to international fame in 2010 when a youtube clip showed him walking upright much like a human. Gorillas are one of the park’s most successful breeding programs with 138 having been born there.
This area is explored from the back of an open-air safari vehicle which takes you inside the exhibits. Here you can view animals such as giraffe, zebra, antelope and wild dog. The zoo is also home to a large breeding herd of endangered black rhino’s.
This exhibit is a stop on the safari experience. Here you can view meerkats, marmosets, reptiles and insects.
This zone features species such as prezewalski’s horse, deer and red panda.
This space houses some of the park’s extensive carnivore collection with species such as the pallas cat, African wild dog, fishing cat, tiger, lion, fossa and cheetah.
Along the primate trail are lemurs, drill baboons and guinea baboons amongst others.
Palace of the Apes
Port Lympne Reserve is known for breeding gorillas. They have had enormous success with 138 bred there in their history. Some of the gorillas bred at the reserve have been released in to the wild. Here they live in one of the world’s largest gorilla exhibits.