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Isle of Wight Zoo
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Isle of Wight Zoo
Advantages: If you like Tigers...
Disadvantages: Limited selection of animals
The Isle of Wight Zoo, known locally as 'Sandown Zoo', is home to the largest collection of Tigers in Britain. It's also the basis of the ITV wildlife series 'Tiger Island'.
Admission for adults costs £5.95, whilst children and seniors can gain entry for £4.95 - under 5's go free.
The zoo itself is fairly small and is housed in an old victorian fort. The building does look a little tatty from the front - but the interior makes for an interesting home for the animals, and actually suits the zoo layout very well.
Enclosures are in good condition and the new themed tiger habitats - built in the last few years - are very large and provide an excellent environment for the animals.
There aren't a great range of animals at the zoo - this is firstly because the zoo is a specialist big cat sanctuary, and secondly because of the limitations of the building itself - don't expect to see elephants, hippo's and giraffes. Apart from the tigers, there are a selection of monkeys and limas, a variety of birds and a reptile / spider / bug area.
Talks take place at specific times throughout the day, which are very informative and confidently presented - these also relate to the environmental work the zoo undertakes around the world.
The Isle of Wight Zoo will be of special interest to those who are interested in tigers and monkeys. For the big cats especially, this is a good day out. A few people however, will be disappointed with what's on offer. That said, at £5.95, the price is definitely not extortionate, and in my opinion is good value for money. There is the obligatory zoo themed gift shop, and also an small cafe providing drinks and sandwiches.
Opening times are shown below:
16th February - 31st March - 10am to 4pm
1st April - 30th September - 10am to 6pm (5pm last admission)
1st October - 31st October - 10am to 4pm
November weekends -10am to 4pm (weather permitting)
For more information, see: www.isleofwightzoo.com
Summary: Not bad for the price
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