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Isle of Wight Zoo, Sandown

Categories: Zoos & Aquariums, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
3.5/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web
If you're a fan of big cats or interested in the wildlife of Madagascar, head to Isle of Wight Zoo. Here you'll find a handful of African lions, jaguars, and tigers, one of which is white. In the Madagascan exhibits, you'll see ring-tailed, black-and-white ruffed, red ruffed, and mongoose lemurs, among others. You can also view spider monkeys and capuchins. Take a tour to learn more about the zoo's big cats (check the schedule ahead of time, as it varies according to season). The zoo also houses a few wallabies, and you can interact with them by purchasing a token at the entrance for a small extra fee. Isle of Wight Zoo is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Sandown Edition.
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  • I've been coming to this zoo since a young child It's owners care for it very much and the animals are not just cared for they are loved What a fantastic day out 
  • This zoo is amazing, truly outstanding and very, very highly recommended. The keepers really know their stuff and they are sooooo good with the animals in their care. Please support this zoo as it nee...  read more »
  • It has gone 5 years since Our last visit and something has happend to the Zoo. When we visited the Zoo in 2011 there was many Tigers ( We visited the zoo casue of the TV program "Tiger Island") Then w...  read more »
  • Animals appear well cared for and content. Money is clearly being spent well as the enclosures look great compared to my last visit many years ago. The parking is free for zoo customers, so make sure you go into get a ticket before paying. Although I can see what the zoo and grounds keepers are trying with allowing the greenery to grow and be more natural it does look a little unkempt and unloved in places, that is my only complaint. My wife and I saw a young teen throwing stones into the Jaguar's enclosure and asked him not to do it, he persisted so we informed the staff in reception and one of the keepers was there within seconds, very impressed, not so much with the child's guardians.
  • Not a large sanctuary but we'll tun and filled with staff who clearly enjoy what they do. Nice selection of animals and a well thought out little side activity for the children along the way. Personally I liked the compact size and felt the value was there the enclosures were good and balanced showing the animals along with the need for something representing an environment for them. The children enjoyed it and the side history of the Fort aspect caught my military minded son's attention too.
  • Listening to a couple of the excellent talks by the staff (big cats and lemurs) first made the visit much more interesting than if we had just wandered around looking at the animals. Spotted virtually all the animals in the well designed enclosures, including the big cats which we had specifically come to see. Spent 3 hours plus half an hour for refreshments. Very good value for the modest entry fee.
  • Amazing time. We seemed to always be in just the right place for all the attractions, and having the Meerkats get to walk all over you was such great fun.
  • Small but worth a visit, with knowledgeable staff, who are very keen that you have a great day. Pride of the zoo is the tigers with photographers making the most of them. Easy to park, great facilities
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