Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

About 7 minutes from park

Two tigers lounging in the sun at the zoo.


Yaverland Road, Yaverland, Sandown PO36 8QB

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About Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

Nestled on the sweeping coastlines of the Isle of Wight, a truly wild family day out awaits. The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary has been entertaining guests for decades, and is home to an incredible array of mammals, birds, reptiles and insects from across the globe. Despite previously being in private ownership, the sanctuary is now a member of The Wildheart Trust, a charitable organisation committed to the conservation of wildlife and animal rescue. Alongside meeting the zoo’s very special residents, the attraction teaches visitors how they can empower themselves and play a part in preserving our natural world. The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary even boasts a rather spectacular setting; within the ruins of a Victorian coastal fort, facing down upon one of the island’s most beautiful and best loved beaches.

What animals will I see at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary?

The sanctuary is home to a huge host of animals from across the globe, but it specialises in two particular areas – tigers and lemurs. To learn more about what you’ll find and where, download a Wildheart Animal Sanctuary map. Some species you can look forward to meeting include:    

  • African lions
  • Coatimundis
  • Cockatoos
  • Marmosets
  • Meerkats
  • Porcupines
  • Royal pythons
  • Spider monkeys
  • Tawny owls
  • Tigers
  • Wallabies

Plus lots more!

How to get to Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary can be found on the south-eastern coast of the island in Sandown, directly opposite the beach on Yaverland Road. If you’re driving over from Ryde it’s a short drive south along the A3055, while you’ll be best taking the A3056 from Newport and Cowes. As for public transport, the 2,3 and 8 bus services which run between Newport and Ryde all stop in Sandown, at a stop that’s only 12 minutes’ walk to the zoo gates. There’s also a railway stop, Sandown Station, which is served by trains going between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin. From the station it’s around 25 minutes’ walk to reach Isle of Wight Zoo.

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Whilst you wait... just think about being in your swimmers, the sun's out and the smiles are big