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Animals on the Isle of Wight

The zoo on the beach

see Casper the white lion, Isle of Wight Zoo

Casper the white lion, Isle of Wight Zoo

The Isle of Wight Zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown’s coast, so it’s situated opposite one of the Isle of Wight’s nicest beaches. The zoo is the place to go on the Island if you love big cats. It specialises in the conservation of tigers, lions and Madagascan animals, especially lemurs. Many of the animals couldn’t survive on their own in the wild and so are taken care of at the zoo. And where else would you expect to find a white lion and white tiger but the Isle of Wight!

A taste of South America

visit Amazon World on the Isle of Wight

Amazon World on the Isle of Wight

For a small zoo with a large variety of animals, why not visit Amazon World. Like the Isle of Wight Zoo, Amazon World is focused on conservation, and, as you may have guessed, most of them come from South America. Armadillos and anteaters, sloths and capybaras are some of the unusual animals which can be seen, also a wide variety of birds, bats and reptiles. For more information, visit the Amazon World website.

Penguins, donkeys and eagles

visit the Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Isle of Wight

Seaview Wildlife Encounter, Isle of Wight

For a wide variety of animals including penguins, flamingos, wallabies and meerkats, visit the Seaview Wildlife Encounter. Close to Godshill, there’s the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary, which since 1987 has been providing a safe home for donkeys in need of assistance. The Isle of Wight is a great place to see falconry, visit the Isle of Wight Falconry Centre in Appledurcombe, and, for a hands-on experience try Haven Falconry. There’s also owl and falconry shows taking place throughout the day at Robin Hill.