Isle of Wight Zoo, Sandown

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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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  • August 20, 2017
    The isle of Wight zoo is small but has plenty to see and do. Lots of interesting talks and opportunities to see the animals close up. I'm not normally a fan of zoo's keeping wild animals in cages but ...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    Good price for the visit. Wasn't a huge amount there to see. Some parts could do with better maintenance and felt some enclosures should be bigger. Staff knowledgeable and mostly helpful. Children enj...  more »
  • August 20, 2017
    It was great to return with my 16 year old son after 2 years and experience the keeper's talks. There are some new additions to the zoo and sadly one or two have passed away! We were once again impres...  more »
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  • Did the Big Cat Training experience today with my fiancee for her birthday, Caz, the head cat keeper was amazing. She gave us a personal history of each of the species and the individual stories of each of her cats. We fed a Lion, Tiger and Jaguar, rewarding them for obeying commands and a clicker. This experience is a must for big cat lovers, even though on hot days like today where not all of them want to come out. Caz clearly loves her pride of cats and cares dearly about their welfare. Would thoroughly recommend the zoo and experience to any animal lovers. As a bonus, the zoo cafe is fantastic quality for lunch and breakfast. ─╣We had lunch. Homemade veggie ratatouille and ham egg and chips, both absolutely amazing and very very reasonably priced. All in all fantastic visit, We will be back. Thank you Caz, Charlie and Sarah
  • Brilliant place to visit, we come here every year. The zoo improves so much each tine we visit and we love seeing the big cats plus all the other animals here. Staff are all very friendly and helpful, gift shop and cafe on site.
  • Lovely staff very helpful. Do a tremendous job running what I think is the best zoo. Great activities for children run in school holidays. Brilliant zoo experiences which are both fun and educational . Plus who can't resist Casper king of the iow zoo x
  • Very pricey for the size of the place (and very disappointing that islanders get nearly a 25% discount, talk about making outsiders feel unwelcome!) - I've been to places much much larger that have been cheaper, and some of the woodwork and structure is falling apart. However the animals look happy and in good health, the cafe serves very good food and the staff are very nice.
  • Compact but not cramped. The animals are obviously very well cared for. The staff are friendly and helpful.

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