Meet Our Top 20 Animals on the Isle of Wight

We’ve put together a list of our top 20 animals on the Island for you to find, both in the wild and at our attractions.

  1. Lamb

Beyond cute, Poppy the black headed lamb, and her friends can be fed by bottle, by hand, at Tapnell Farm Park (available through Spring and early Summer).

  1. Wallaby

Hugh is an albino wallaby at Tapnell Farm Park and he lives with six other white and eight brown wallabies in a large enclosure that you can walk into. Some of the females will have joeys in their pouches when you visit.

  1. Meerkat

Sangu was on guard when we visited Tapnell Farm Park – one of the gang of three Meerkats is always on the outlook for danger from the top of the wooden post in their enclosure

  1. Tiger

Simi the tiger came to the IW Zoo after our former MP, Andrew Turner, asked for help with her importation from a Belgian zoo in Prime Minister’s Question Time. Luckily he got the help that the zoo needed and she arrived in January 2016.

  1. Lion

Casper the lion, who is almost white, is getting on a bit now, but he’s still as majestic as ever. See him sitting on top of the ‘mountain’ in his enclosure at IW Zoo looking every bit the king of the beasts.

  1. Alpaca

Silver Rider is a very rare silver grey coloured American Suri alpaca and he lives at West Wight Alpacas, where you see him grazing and playing with his friends. He’d just been shorn when we visited, so he looked a bit bare, but their soft hair grows back very quickly.

  1. Llama

Icarus is a fine long-haired llama and he can be led around the farm at West Wight Alpacas with his friends and, of course, the alpacas. His belly has been shorn so that he can take a ‘pack’ when he is led out, but his front fringe is almost to the ground!

  1. Lars Gibbon

You’ll probably hear Somer the Lar Gibbon at the Monkey Haven from the car park, before you see her, as she has a wonderful melodic whooping voice. With her mother Rasmaya their duet of calling is something quite amazing to hear that will lift your mood

  1. White Faced Capuchin Monkey

Lulu the White Faced Capuchin monkey has a new baby, born on Friday April 21st, and not even sexed or named when we visited the Monkey Haven. The little baby clings to his mother’s fur as she leaps around the family’s enclosure with brothers Malou and Milo and watchful dad, Peppino.

  1. Horse

Ceryn is a pretty black Welsh cob who is often led on reign with beginners and children who are learning to ride at Allendale Equestrian Centre. This is one of the best places to ride out from on the island, with lovely hacks across the rolling countryside.

  1. Donkey

Busby the donkey is a naughty and rather amorous donkey, and he’s in a pen with several lady donkeys, which makes things a bit interesting at times. And there are currently 90 more donkeys to see at the IW Donkey Sanctuary, each with their own characters.

  1. Anteater

Ernst the Giant Anteater at Amazon World is a most handsome fella with his long hairy coat and incredibly long snout for sticking into ant and termite nests and very powerful front claws to rip open their hard outer walls.

  1. Lemur

You can wander around the Ring tailed Lemur enclosure at Amazon World where Mafi the eldest daughter and her family may come over to check you out if you’re lucky. Sometimes she’ll even sit on you.

  1. Red Squirrel

Sit at the back of the Garlic Farm café and you can watch the red squirrels play in their ‘outdoor gym’. Red Squirrels nest at the farm – the Isle of Wight only has the red variety and we are very protective of them.

  1. Various birds of prey

Ospreys often turn up at Newtown Nature Reserve and sometimes a breeding couple will nest. If you find a ‘birder’ ask him/her and you might find out where they are this year. Plus there are loads of common and rarer water birds here. You can also find many other birds of prey at Haven Falconry.

  1. Lapwing

Lapwings are pretty rare these days, but at Brading Marshes RSPB Reserve they nest on the ground in a protected area near to Bembridge Harbour – you’ll need binoculars to see them.

  1. Hoopoe

Not a native to the UK but the odd Hoopoe loses its way on migrating and ends up at St Catherine’s Point. They’re dark peach coloured birds with striking head crests topped with points of black.

  1. Wall lizard

Introduced to the Isle of Wight from the Mediterranean by a Victorian naturalist, the little brown and green patterned Ventnor wall lizards can be found sunning themselves on rocks and, of course, walls, around the coastal parts of this pretty seaside town.

  1. Peacocks

The magnificent peacocks at Calbourne Water Mill frequently display their beautiful tails – the best time is May and June - and you can buy the eyed feathers that they have shed in the shop. Plus you can buy grain to feed the ducks and peacocks when you visit.

  1. Pigs

You can buy pig food in the café at Quarr Abbey and then feed the pretty black and tan piglets in the fields behind the walled garden during the spring and summer months. Don’t forget to feed yourself with one of the café’s yummy cakes while you’re there though.

Jo Macaulay

29 May 2017

By Jo Macaulay in Articles

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