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“Big Cats”
Review of Isle of Wight Zoo

Isle of Wight Zoo
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Sandown
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Ely, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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“Big Cats”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

This zoo is the first that I have visited in the years since my son was a child ,we are in our 60s and were on a weekend trip in Sandown ,it's a lovely walk along the seafront from town ,The entrance price was well worth it ,the Big Cats were all well looked after and content in their enclousurers ,not pokey cages as I seem to remember was the normal years ago ,I like to think by visiting this Zoo and spending our money at the cafe we have hopefully helped with the running costs that must be very high ,and as this Zoo seemed to take into it's care and protection many Cats that had be mistreated I came away thinking I had done just a little bit to help it keep doing just that looking, after animals that we as human beings had mistreated .I must admit the white lion was a king to behold

Visited November 2013
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sandown, isle of wight
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“Surprising revisit three years on”
Reviewed November 7, 2013 via mobile

The last time we visited the zoo in 2010 it took us about 30 minutes to walk around and I was expecting pretty much the same however I was really surprised this time around. We took our young granddaughter (8 months) with us for her first experience of a zoo and we all really enjoyed ourselves.
Granted there may not be a wide range of animals but what they have kept us entertained. The big cats are really good with plenty of space in there enclosures. The white lions in particular are beautiful, unfortunately the white tiger was poorly today so we were unable to get a proper glimpse.
The keepers were knowledgable and friendly and the talks were informative and kept to a minimum amount of time. The big cats feeding was really good to watch
The winter price of £5.00 for island residents was also value for money and the cafe was also reasonably priced with plenty on your plate to enjoy.
The zoo could probably do with more attractions in it but it looks like they are working on expanding which will only benefit it

Visited November 2013
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119 reviews
52 attraction reviews
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“Return visit - still great!”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

If you do one thing in the Isle of Wight, support this zoo. They offer a safe haven for mistreated or unwanted big cats. The enclosures are spacious and the cats appear to be content and happy. Easily pushed a wheelchair around - nice cafe and big car park, too. Absolutely worth a visit, but be aware it is pretty much just big cats, with a few smaller mammals and birds alongside. If you don't expect a massive safari-park type adventure, you won't be disappointed! And make sure you book a place to hand feed the wallabies, too!

Visited October 2013
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Bude, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
33 attraction reviews
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“Snow leopard and more”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

Thisis a great place to spend and hour or two. Many exhibits to see. All in great surroundings. Good access, even if you are wheelchair bound. Not open all the year. Check the web site if visiting out of season. Cra park, right outside. Located on the main Shanklin to Sandown road. When coming from Shanklin. the Zoo will be on the left. And looks like an old fort.

Visited October 2013
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Winchester, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Day trip in the rain”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

Rainy day however there was still plenty to see, the location of the zoo gives good shelter. The keepers were knowledgable about their animals.
The zoo only small but an enjoyable few hours out of the day, and you can re-enter for pound in the same week, which we did on the following day.
Oh the parking is also free, when you enter the zoo by means of a ticket you can place in the car window.

Visited October 2013
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