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Isle of Wight Zoo, Sandown

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Zoo / Aquarium
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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  • We visited the Isle of Wight zoo in may 2017, it was appalling! Most of the cages were empty, the ones with animals in were tiny with no room for them to roam or explore, the animals just looked so so...  more »
  • We last visited the zoo July 2016 whilst on holiday. I love the tigers so have always booked one of the Big cat encounters (we have been going there yearly since 1999) There is an extra cost but worth...  more »
  • Having been to Amazon World supposedly a zoo park, this zoo was much more interesting. They do have big cats, the enclosures are of reasonable size, and they have interesting talks about the animals. ...  more »
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  • Lovely zoo. Nice to read about each animal and where they've been rescued from. We and our kids really enjoyed seeing the animals so closely and getting stamps in their zoo cards was a nice touch. Nice play park, my twins are currently running round, and the cafe was good too. A must for every Isle of Wight visitor.
  • Small but perfectly formed Zoo. The staff all seemed passionate about the Zoo, the animals they care for and the conservation of wild animals. The zoo was clean and the on site cafe served a good selection of food and drinks. We were particularly impressed by the number of talks throughout the day were you can watch monkeys being fed or learn more about the animals past.
  • I saw a monkey cry today. Don't waste your money here the animals looked unhappy the walkways were unkept all of the enclosures were full of stinging nettles they have a few big cats and monkeys to see but amazon world zoo is a much better day out and is much better value for money
  • 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.
  • This was the saddest and most depressing place that I have ever visited, without a doubt. All of the animals looked incredibly unhappy to be there and very lethargic, pacing through the same tracks constantly. All of the enclosures are small and definitely do not look capable of providing a well spaced and pleasant environment for the animals there. Saddest of all were the meerkats. They were huddled in to a small pile and hardly moved. Usually there is a meerkat on look out or they wander about in literally every other zoo or wildlife park I have been to. These meerkats were clearly not enjoying themselves, you could see the metal grating less than an inch below the surface of their enclosure, so they don't have the opportunity to dig. Perhaps we went at the wrong time or were just unlucky that day, but I left feeling depressed and angry at the conditions. To top it off, you have to pay for parking. I would recommend Amazon World Zoo instead, cheaper and all of the animals seem happier and in better conditions.