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“Brilliant for young kids”
Review of Isle of Wight Zoo

Isle of Wight Zoo
Ranked #2 of 16 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 older children, Activities for young children
UK
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“Brilliant for young kids”
Reviewed 11 June 2010

Had a great day here. Zoo is great size for young kids, they can get round it easily and return to their favourite exhibits.

Staff were really friendly, knowledgeable and happy to answer the kind of questions they've been asked by kids under 7 a million times a day! Feeding times for the animals were particularly good events.



Zoo was clean, well maintained, priced well and lots of space for picnics etc.

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“So here it is...........”
Reviewed 6 May 2010

Okay spent a week on the isle, did a new experience every day, went here along with Sandown and Shanklin. I do have to disagree with previous reviewer who says "it is what it says it is, a big cat sanctuary" as it clearly doesnt. It says it is the "Isle of Wight Zoo" so compared to zoos and safari parks up and down the country that have really upped their game over the last 20 years, the park falls short and left us feeling like it is a work in progress - this was justified with the amount of construction going on around the place. There are some negatives some odd as they have clearly spent a lot of money rebranding. Will be great when finished. We just think the expectation needs to be set properly that this is basically a small big cat sanctuary that is starting to change and has bigger ambition. But dont go expecting a zoo!. Positives - lovely big cats you can get closer to than anywhere i have been before, about 4-6 lions, 4-6 tigers, some kept away from the public as they must be new, very good signage, very good information boards, parking fine, again disagree with previous reviewer £3 for all day is not excessive, not excessive in fact for 3 hours, in fact cheap compared to attractions around the country, great cafe not too expensive, small play area, nice other animals some monkeys and a good range of lemurs. Negatives - Some enclosures look amateurish with flimsy wire and chipped paint, some obviously newer ones look great with mock african stone and statues etc, clearly the way it is going. Worst thing the landscaping, concrete in places, rough earth in others, some grassed, some bare, some bare brick, some parts of the old fort just crumbling, really felt it let the place down as a team of gardeners would be able to change that in 6 months but the fact we saw gardeners there was embarassing. Cant be a money thing as I said some parts very new and world class, but made the whole experience a little amateurish in comparison to other parks. In all I would recommend to go, great cats, good couple of hours spend, but dont expect a zoo and take a packed lunch.

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“Manageable and enjoyable - Good morning.”
Reviewed 2 May 2010

I got a great deal for the Zoo via Red Funnel ferries when I booked my ferry ticket and I was very glad because the car parking for the Zoo is appallingly expensive - £3.00 for eight hours regardless of how long you actually want to be there. You can get a £1 rebate when you present the rebate coupon at the cashdesk.

As to the animals - not a huge park but manageable. Kept me busy for nearly two hours, and that included my attending two of the talks - one on the Big Cats and one on lemurs. With children and a trip to the café perhaps a little more.

The animals seemed healthy and had a fair amount of space. The park is unkempt in places, though the enclosures themselves are in good shape. No explanation for why at least one tiger is 'tucked away' from the others.

An unexpected piece of interest was the section on the PLUTO project during WWII - I learnt something new there!

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IsleofWightZoo, Marketing Supervisor at Isle of Wight Zoo, responded to this review, 7 June 2010
Hi kttravel08, thanks for your review. We keep a tiger offshow for animal welfare reasons - although we're an attraction, we also do a lot of work behind the scenes and there are some animals who either can't or shouldn't be shown. This particular tiger is very particular about which humans he wants to interact with, and so it is in his best interests that he is cared for in a private area where he feels safest. I'm glad you enjoyed a lot of your day, and we'll certainly take your feedback into account.
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Southampton
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“Brilliant place allowing you to see big cats up close”
Reviewed 6 January 2010

I love this place as it allows you to see the cats close up which is something you can't do at Marwell or Longleat. It is a small attraction but it is what it says it is - a tiger sanctuary and therefore perfect if you are into your big cats (they also have lemurs). All the animals appear to be well looked after, there's a good cafe, shop and plenty of parking. The zoo is right on the seafront too so it's very handy for the beach before or after a visit. Great to see rescued cats given a new, happier life.

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Surrey
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“Disappointing”
Reviewed 19 November 2009

We found the zoo a little on the run down side with small amount of animals, could not see all there was as it is not possible to view all angles of the cages. However the cfe was excellant with wonderful fresh sandwiches and lovely cake.

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