Original article from Kent Live
Howletts Wild Animal Park and Port Lympne Reserve will reopen to the public on April 12.
The parks, which both work in conjunction with The Aspinall Foundation, have been closed since the end of 2020 when coronavirus cases were spiralling.
However, animal lovers in Kent can look forward to getting back to seeing their favourite friends in just over a week.
With social distancing measures still in place both sites will be offering a strict number of tickets everyday with all visits being pre-booked.
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The parks will reopen on Monday (April 12) but things will be slightly different to how you may remember.
The safari’s at Port Lympne will not be running just yet and the Treetop challenge at Howletts will remain closed too.
Play areas will be closed but limited catering outlets will be open at both parks.
Wearing a facemask will not be required but visitors are free to take additional precautions if they see fit.
Monday next week will be another step out of the government’s road map which hopes to have all restrictions lifted by mid June.
Zoos will be able to open at the same time non-essential shops are allowed to open their doors.
The good news is we’ll be able to get a close-up view of all our favourite animals once again.
However, public safaris at Port Lympne are temporarily suspended meaning you will be unable to see giraffe, white rhinos, spectacled bears or any of the species which live exclusively on our African, South American or Asian safari experience routes.
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