Everyone loves animals and there are probably more zoos and animal parks on the Isle of Wight per square mile than anwhere else in the country. We've rounded up some of the best animal related attractions the Island has to offer:
The Isle of Wight Zoo
The Isle of Wight Zoo (PO36 8QB) is a family-run zoo with a special interest in tigers and lemurs. The zoo was built within the ruins of a Victorian Fort built to guard Sandown's coast.
Once the zoo owners used to walk tiger cubs on the beach. Nowadays the focus is on conservation and looking after the older tigers and giving them a happy retirement. The zoo recently rescued 5 tigers from a Spanish circus which are a "must-see" More>>>
Amazon World Zoo Park
Amazon World Zoo Park (PO36 0LX) is open all the year around (except Christmas Day and has has a huge range of unusual rare and exotic animals. At the last count it was somewhere in the region of 200 different species, spanning the entire animal kingdom, though most with an Amazon/South American flavour!
Here you can learn about conservation and rainforests and come face to face with some of the worlds most unusual, beautiful and endangered creatures. Try to spot the many species of tropical bird flying freely through the rainforest above your head or count the crocodiles in the pond. Enjoy the displays and talks or just sit and watch the lemurs as they sunbathe and play. More>>>
Owl and Monkey Haven
The Isle of Wight Owl and Monkey Haven (PO30 2NB) is home to a diverse collection of rescued primates and birds of prey.
The Haven has been designed with its inhabitants needs and requirements taking full priority. Come and watch our magnificent animals relax and play in spacious enclosures, while taking in the tranquil envrironment and immaculate grounds of the park. More>>>
West Wight Alpacas
West Wight Alpacas (PO41 0SZ) is a trekking and alpaca stud farm set within 23-acres of picturesque countryside in the village of Wellow on the Isle of Wight and is home to a wonderful herd of unique Suri alpacas.
West Wight Alpacas was set up by husband and wife duo, Neil and Michelle Payne in 2010. What started out as a hobby quickly morphed into an active family business and a high quality tourist attraction. More>>>
Visit Butterfly World (PO33 4RW) to see hundreds of butterflies flying freely in a natural environment!
One of the Island's leading animal tourist attractions, you have the opportunity to learn more about our butterflies, visit the Italian & Japanese gardens, koi ponds, fountains, jumping jets, cafe, Medina garden centre and more! More>>>
Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary
The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary (PO38 3AA) near Wroxall has been caring for donkeys since 1987.
You can visit the donkeys and even "adopt" one to help look after it and contribute to its care. More>>>
Owl and Falconry Centre
At the Owl and Falconry Centre (PO38 3EW) A dazzling collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and elegant birds awaits you, from eagles, hawks and falcons, to kestrels and sleepy owls, the centre is full of fascinating sights and flights.The flying displays will vary each day, and when the weather is good the Eagles, Vultures, Hawks, Kites, Owls & Falcons will be giving their dramatic flying displays over the sloping down land of the lovely Appuldurcombe Valley.
On wet days the flying displays go inside, where the birds fly in the purpose built, converted brewhouse. This allows the falconers to continue uninterrupted whatever the weather! More>>>
Tapnell Farm Park (PO41 0YJ) is a terrific family venue with a herd of themed cow statues, an indoor play barn for children and giant bouncy pillow, zip wires, pedal carts and soft play area! For older children and adults there are adventure activities including climbing, archery, bushcraft and zorb balls.
There is also a gift shop and restaurant featuring especially beef dishes on site. Tapnell Farm also has introduced a petting zoo and more exotic animals including wallabies. More>>>