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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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  • 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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  • 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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