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The Clifton's - Top 5 Isle of Wight Animal Attractions

Saturday 16th June 2018

Monkey Haven



This is certainly one of our favourite animal attractions for people of all ages, you only have to read their Trip Advisor reviews to see why so many people rate them so highly. Not to mention the amazing conservation work they do and also the wonderful educational job they do with expert daily talks.

Monkey Haven is a Multi award-winning attraction that makes animals happy... and people happy. This Isle of Wight animal sanctuary is Number 1 on TripAdvisor and the best small attraction in England, according to the tourism chiefs at VisitEngland.

Come and see them at the primate rescue centre and sanctuary just outside Newport. You'll meet our wonderful family including whooping gibbons, mischievous monkeys, amazing owls, incredible reptiles and the naughtiest meerkats ever. There are keeper talks and animal feeds throughout the day, where you can find out all about our awesome animals and how they came to be here. You can even get up close and personal with some of the reptiles and hand-reared owls who make regular appearances at the daily talks.

Visit Monkey Haven Website

Amazon World Zoo Park



Amazon World Zoo Park is a special kind of attraction. Here you can learn about conservation and rainforests and come face to face with some of the worlds most unusual, beautiful and endangered creatures. Some you won't be able to see anywhere else in the UK or even Europe.

Amazon World Zoo Park is the Isle of Wight's largest exotic animal attraction and is a great day out whatever your age! Walk through jungle rainforests with colourful rare birds flying above you and crocodiles watching you from the pond! See unusual and rare animals like the Tamandua an Anteater that lives in the trees, Toucans, Marmosets, Penguins, Flamingos, Otters, Ocelot, Monkeys, Lemurs and manor many more.

Learn about the conservation of these fantastic animals and their rainforest home, ?Secrets of Xenathra? with Sloth just wandering past you in the trees. Visitors enter ?Madagascar? where you will walk amongst the lemurs, The lost temple lies forgotten, half buried in desert sand. here animals have made their homes within the ruins to escape the harsh desert sun. Visitors will be able to travel across a raised walkway to observe the animals in their homes! Animals you will find here include: Armadillos, Giant Tortoise, Fennec Foxes, and the mischievous Meerkats. All areas within Amazon World Zoo Park are wheelchair friendly and we have wheelchairs you can borrow if you haven't brought your own! We have Jurassic Adventure play area, Falconry Displays and Keeper Talks daily and we also have a massive Special Events.

Visit Amazon World Website

West Wight Alpacas



West Wight Alpacas is a trekking and alpaca and llama stud farm set within 23-acres of picturesque countryside in the village of Wellow on the Isle of Wight and is home to a wonderful herd of unique Suri alpacas and wooly & Suri llamas.

You can come trekking with these adorable animals and get to know your cushing from your pronking or you can just as easily drop into the farm café and shop, while you watch the alpacas roam around.

West Wight Alpacas is run by award-winning Suri alpaca breeders with countless awards and championships under their belts, so there is always a handy expert on hand to answer your questions.

Open 10am to 5pm all year around, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day.

Visit West Wight Alpacas Website

Donkey Sanctuary



In order to ?pay the bills? the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary is a visitor attraction.

Admission is free and the Sanctuary is open 7 days a week from 10am ? 4.30pm all year round. Additionally, the Sanctuary runs special events during the Christmas period. A calendar of events appears on the website.

Although admission is free, there are a number ways that people can contribute to the running costs of the sanctuary. There is a gift shop and café, a bric a brac shop, and a number of opportunities for people to donate through our donation boxes. People adopt donkeys and in so doing become ?members? of the sanctuary, in that they get regular information about the progress and activities of the donkeys and activities on site.

New ventures for the Sanctuary will include birthday parties, ?caring for a donkey? days and ?leading a donkey? days.

You only need to glance at the online reviews for the Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary to understand why this attraction has been such a hit with visitors over the years.

Relying only on donations (admission has always been free) the centre cares for any donkeys in need of care and attention, which visitors are invited to ?adopt? should they choose. They also run various events throughout the season in their courtyard with live music, entertainment and stalls.

Visit Donkey Sanctuary Website

Isle of Wight Zoo



The Isle of Wight Zoo is a well-established, popular wildlife centre based on the east coast of the Island and family owned for over 40 years.Following many years under private ownership, it is the Island?s original zoo and is well-loved by the local community and widely visited by residents as well as tourists.

The Zoo has recently become part of The Wildheart Trust, a charity which was founded to secure a long-term future for the zoo and enable it to fulfil its global ambitions to make a really meaningful impact on the health of the natural world while improving the well being of animals in human care. The zoo is dedicated to engaging, involving and empowering people from both the heart and the head, one of its most important tasks is to convert 'care? into 'action?. It is also committed to providing a life-long, loving home to rescued big cats and other animal residents and the team work holistically to ensure each individual has an enriched and meaningful life.

The Wildheart Trust actively funds and donates its human resources to assist with the insitu conservation of tigers in India, lemurs in Madagascar and rare moths IOW.

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.

Visit Isle of Wight Zoo Website

We hope you have a great time exploring these wonderful conservation based animal attractions on the Island.
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