The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is the home to over 90 donkeys and 24 horses and ponies who have been abandoned or rescued; they have all been given a new lease of life at the sanctuary’s farm at Wroxall which is open to visitors from February 14th to November 3rd.
Visitors are able to walk through paths and walkways to ‘up close and personal ‘with our animals. (Donkeys enjoy human contact and love being stroked all day long!) Visitors can enjoy our new cafe, picnic ‘al fresco’ in the grounds and enjoy the beautiful views over the valley beyond. They can go into the stables to talk to our grooms and volunteers, visit the new heritage centre to learn about the work that donkeys have traditionally done in our world, and, in 2015 will be able to participate in activities in our new interactive sand paddocks.
The stars are of course the donkeys. They live in small groups in their own paddocks! The groups range from our old age pensioners, our young donkeys, our retired adoption donkeys, our main herd, and our current adoption herd. Each donkey is named, has its own character and its own life story! There are information boards around the site to help visitors identify each donkey and understand the activities that take place around the site.
The donkeys are fed mid morning and mid afternoon and visitors can watch the herd interact with each other as they enjoy their daily rations. Farrier visits can be viewed and there are a number of events for visitors to enjoy throughout the summer of 2015- all are available on the charity website.
Admission to the sanctuary is FREE. People are welcome to buy gifts in the gift shop, adopt donkeys or make donations to this voluntary charity. There is a large car park and groups and coaches are welcome. Organised tours around the site can be arranged.
Go somewhere different in 2015 and make a difference to the lives of these wonderful animals. Visit the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary.