What’s a family holiday on the Isle of Wight without a day at the zoo? Isle of Wight Zoo is a friendly, family-owned zoo with an emphasis on big cats and cheeky lemurs. This attraction couldn’t be more different than your average zoo if it tried, and it’s set within the remains of a Victorian fort once used to guard the coast of Sandown.
The zoo’s owners started the park because of a passion for big cats, and they were so cat ease with the animals that it wasn’t uncommon to see them wandering up and down the shore with the tiger cubs! Take a minute to look down at the sandy beach below the zoo and imagine the owner walking a cub up and down the sand…you couldn’t make it up.
These days the zoo mostly cares for older tigers, ensuring they have a great quality of life and teach new generations about the importance of conservation. There are regular tours of the zoo from the approachable guides who know everything there is to know about the furry residents, so if you don’t want to miss a thing ask when you arrive.
Finally, for just an extra £2 visitors are welcome to step inside the wallaby enclosure during feeding time, but it’s best to book in advance as the experience is understandably popular.