Imagine feeding a tiger with a huge milk bottle through the bars of his cage, his face only inches away from yours. Hear that tiger purr (they have a very loud purr!) and say hello by ‘chuffing’ at you. Or help enrich a tiger’s life, working with a keeper for the day.


The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is based on Sandown Beach, Winner of BBC Countryfile Magazines 2019 Beach of the Year Award, which is on the east coast of the Island. The Sanctuary recently became a registered Charity and is well known as a centre for rescued big cats, all having come to their forever homes at the Sanctuary at different stages of their lives and from a variety of backgrounds.

There is so much to see at the Sanctuary, from pocket sized primates to powerful predators and cheeky meerkats to playful lemurs and so many more, the residents of Wildheart Animal Sanctuary will charm and amaze you.

The latest arrivals are a family of Eurasian Lynx, mum, Daenerys and her two fully grown cubs, son Tyrion and daughter Nymeria, all eager to meet you!

You can refuel at the Wildheart Café, serving hot/cold food as well as hot and cold drinks and snacks. There is a picnic area and a play area for the children to let off steam. As you leave the Sanctuary, remembering the animals you’ve met, don’t forget to pick up a memento of your stay from the Wildheart Shop.


  • open daily from 12 April 2021 - please call the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary directly on 01983 403883 to check opening if inclement weather

Opening times

  • generally opens at 10:00 - please check the calendar on the left for specific days and times

Last admission

  • 60 minutes before closing time


  • large car park which is charged at £3 for the whole day


  • wheelchair access available throughout as no part of the Sanctuary relies on the use of the steps
  • disabled toilet facilities
  • for animal welfare reasons assistance dogs are not permitted


  • children aged 2 and under are free of charge
  • baby changing facilities available
  • children under 16 will not be admitted without an adult
  • children's play area


  • serving hot and cold food, drinks and ice creams

Gift shop

  • great range of animal gifts to remember your visit by

Animal Experiences

The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary offer 'Hands on Wildlife' Animal Experiences which may be purchased directly, to find out more click on the link above, and you can enjoy a

  • Big cat training experience
  • Tiger milk feeding experience
  • Lemur feeding experience and many more

We hope you enjoy your visit and don't forget to tweet a pic
( @RedFunnel  @WildheartTrust)

Isle of Wight Zoo Address: Yaverland Road, Sandown, Isle of Wight PO36 8QB

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