The Isle of Wight Zoo 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, which means we face one of the Isle of Wight’s nicest beaches. Once upon a time the zoo owners used to walk tiger cubs on the beach, and we’re still famous locally for it. Nowadays we focus on looking after older tigers and giving them a happy retirement.
Our fundamental goals can be divided into Care, Conservation and Education.
Providing top-quality day to day Care for the animals at the zoo is our ongoing mission. This isn’t just about the keepers and veterinary staff – it also involves people such as the maintenance and horticulture staff who look after their enclosures. Every single person who works or volunteers at the zoo makes a contribution to animal welfare.
Our long-term goal is to keep contributing to Conservation. Many of our animals are threatened in the wild, largely through human activity. We fundconservation projects in India and Madagascar, and also participate in European Endangered Species breeding programmes for some of our Madagascan animals.
Through Education, we want to inspire our visitors and friends with a passion for the natural world. We are always looking for ways to make it fun and easy to find out more about our animals. Our tour guides make the experience interactive, with friendly presentations in which they share some of the animals’ secrets. We also work in formal education, hosting school groups and going out to visit classrooms.
Earn Your Stripes at the IOW Zoo with Adventure Activities Isle of Wight
A new relationship evolves between two leading experience providers
Visitors to the Isle of Wight Zoo will soon be able to participate in a range of family friendly outdoor activities courtesy of Island-based Adventure Activities Isle of Wight. Both organizations share a fierce passion for the natural world and, together, they have pledged to champion everything that the great outdoors has to offer. From Easter onwards a trip to the zoo will no longer just be about experiencing ‘wildlife’ it will also be about learning how to survive the wild life while having fun rediscovering what it is to be human in the real world.
Those brave enough to ascend to the top of the newly installed 30ft climbing wall will be rewarded with a unique view of Casper and Frosty, the zoos’ white lions – and no doubt the sight of clothed primates scrambling up a rock face will be rather stimulating for the lions too! For the more terrestrially orientated adventurer, an archery range will be erected close by for anyone wanting to challenge their hand-eye coordination. The goats at Zoolittle Farm are set to be entertained by observing the circus skills training in action while the meerkat mob will supervise bush-skills and nature games stationed at Suricata Lodge.
Adult – £10.00
Child (3 years to 16 years) – £7.50
Infant (Up to 2 years) – FREE
Senior (60+) – £7.50
Disabled Person – £7.50
Carer (when accompanying Disabled person) – £7.50
Family Ticket for 2 Adults and 2 Children – £29
Isle of Wight Resident with Proof (ie. Driving Licence, Utilities Bill). Flat rate regardless of age – £6.50
Returning Visitor (Keep your ticket and you can visit again with a week). Signature may be required – £1.00
Parking is free for zoo customers. You will need to collect a ticket from the admissions desk.
Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Same-day visitors to neighbouring attraction Dinosaur Isle will receive a 10% discount on production of their ticket .
We regret that we are unable to allow dogs into the zoo, as they distress our animals. This includes service dogs. Please do not leave your dog in the car, particularly as our car park has no shady areas.
Please note that we DO NOT accept Tesco Clubcard vouchers, and we have never been a part of this scheme. You can visit Tesco’s website to see which Isle of Wight attractions accept them.
The zoo has manual wheelchairs available for free loan. We recommend booking one in advance, particularly during the peak season.
We do not own any mobility scooters. Local firms Wight Phoenix and Island Mobility offer scooters for hire so you may wish to consider using them.
Bus stops outside the zoo car park take you to Ryde or Newport.
No part of the zoo relies on the use of steps.
There is a large disabled toilet in the main toilet block.
For animal welfare reasons, we are unfortunately unable to admit service dogs. This is to protect the service dog as well as our own animals.