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“A roaring success”
Review of Isle of Wight Zoo

Isle of Wight Zoo
Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Sandown
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Owner description: The Isle of Wight Zoo is home to one of Britain's largest collection of tigers, many of whom are rescue animals. With several superb new enclosures modeled on natural tiger habitats in India, the zoo is a fantastic place to see these wonderful animals relaxing. A number of other animals also live there, including lemurs, jaguars and lions. Family friendly with disabled access throughout.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed December 11, 2012

This zoo is a fantastic way to introduce young people to wild cats and animals.
Overall, everything is well presented and the keepers are amazingly approachable and knowledgable.
Whole-heartedly recommend this as a day out, including a scrumptious slice of cake and a cuppa in their cafe, whilst the little ones can play on the adventure park.

Thank Lou M
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Reviewed November 25, 2012

It was a really nice day on the Island, I had taken a visitor from Belarus to the Zoo. The staff were friendly, but I do realise it must be really hard to keep a zoo going, but it just looked very tired, not many visitor's while we were there, the most entertaining animals were the dagu's, this I know is not the fault of anyone when the animals choose to hide and disappear, maybe I'll be more lucky next time.

Thank Shelagh W
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Reviewed November 24, 2012

It was a great place to visit. I especially liked the fact that if you went there more than once you could get in cheaper on the second visit. The zoo guide gave great talks about the animals, and made it very interesting, and was quite a character. The animals were well cared for. We were able to feed the wallabies which was quite an experience, and it didn't cost much, so if you have a family it wouldn't break the bank.

Thank TaniaNwmn
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

We visited the zoo in October 2012. We had a great time with our 10month old daughter! We especially liked the talks which took place regularly and were really interesting. The staff were very friendly and helpful. It is a small zoo, but perfect for a relaxed day out. The zoo may be a bit run down but this is clearly due to lack of funding as they give money to supporting projects over seas. The entrance fee is not simply an entrance fee but a donation to charity. Would strongly recommend a visit! We will definitely be going back.

Thank IzzycatSurrey
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

We Went in July 2012. There had been lots of rain that week. Amazingly it was not raining in the morning when we arrived. We could see that it was not an enormous zoo so we decided to go on all the Guided Tours/Feeding Times. The dedicated staff were really good at explaining about the animals and answering our questions despite them getting soaked in the afternoon when the "heavens opened up". There were not many people there when we went because of the bad weather. This was to some extent an advantage as it wasnt crowded. The highlight of the visit was when they fed the tigers in the large enclosure. They tied some meat onto a couple of metal barrels and a wooden pallet and then pushed them out into the pond in the enclosure. The two tigers were released from their cages into the enclosure. They seemed to know whos food was whos. They swam in and pulled the crate and metal barrels out of the water. It was amazing. Then the lions were fed and they all started roaring. Ive never heard this before, it was like what you see on wildlife documentaries on tv. Having been to the IOW many times we had never been to this zoo, but glad we did. We admired the dedicated knowlegable staff, some are volunteers with an obvious love for the animals. Its a pity the zoo is a little run down but I understand that improvements are gradually in hand so support the zoo and pay a visit if you go to IOW

Thank pj999pj
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