Amazingly, Damian grew so connected to the animals on the Howletts estate that he developed familial connections with some of them. One gorilla in particular acted in a maternal fashion with Damian. He recants tales of this motherly gorilla hoisting him onto her back when he was stuck in a tree as a small child and bringing him safely down to ground-level.
Not only did she rescue Damian, but she wiped away his tears and gave him comfort in his time of need. How incredible is that?
A Lineage Of Animal Protection
Damian’s father, John, set up the Aspinall Foundation to protect wildlife shortly before he founded Howletts Wild Animal Park. All donations and proceeds connected to the foundation are used to promote the conservation of wildlife habitat and safety. Additionally, the organization has founded two zoos, Port Lympne Wild Animal Park and of course, Howletts.
Both wildlife parks are used to provide habitat for animals in need as well as to provide a source of education for people who visit the parks.