You know the story …… what starts off as a constructive, busy day in the office soon turns a little ‘wild’. No, I’m not talking about an early office Christmas Party, but a fantastic road trip to Port Lympne Wildlife Park.

Now I’ve not been to the reserve since I was a young lad (a long, long time ago) but it hasn’t lost any of the magic I remember from my childhood visits with the family. The first thing that struck me was the sheer size of the place – some 600 acres, I’m told.

This Meerkat kept a close eye on us as we wandered around

Luckily for me (the hips aren’t what they used to be) we were able to board one of the Safari Trucks for a guided tour of the South American, Asian and African Experiences within the reserve. I was in awe as we passed closely by Giraffes, Rhinos and Zebra and too many others to mention. The animals seemed oblivious to us as we were driven through their grazing areas, such is the level of care and attention given to their comfort.

After the Safari Experience, we were able to walk around the rest of the park and take in the sights and sounds. We wandered through the Carnivore Territory before heading off to see my personal favourites, the Primates. We stood for ages watching the Western Lowland Gorillas as they foraged around in the straw for snacks. These huge, impressive animals only stopped snacking to occasionally look up to remind us that this was definitely their domain and we were mere visitors.

There was plenty more to see and experience, including a brilliant Dinosaur Forest but we really needed to head back home – we were working, after all.

We would like to thank the staff at Port Lympne Reserve for their fantastic hospitality and we look forward to working with The Aspinall Foundation in the future. We would also like to give a massive thanks to Anna, who really did take one for the team today by staying behind and manning the office while the rest of us visited this fantastic animal park – we definitely owe you one.

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