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The Wildheart Trust

The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary’s name reflects our focus on rescued and threatened wildlife and puts the Isle of Wight at the frontline for the protection of endangered species.

The Wildheart Trust actively funds and donates its human resources to assist with the in-situ conservation of tigers (in India), lemurs (in Madagascar), and rare moths (on the Isle of Wight).

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Meet our Rescues

Our Sanctuary has a variety of animals, but we specialise in two particular areas – tigers and lemurs. Our keepers have their own specific sections, which allows them to get to know the personalities of the animals in their care very well.


Visit Us in Sandown Bay

We can be found on Yaverland Road, Sandown, directly opposite the beach.


Adopt & Donate

If you have a particular soft spot for one of our animals, then you can make sure we give them some extra special attention by buying an adoption package.


Animal Encounters & Experiences

Our wildlife experiences are a perfect opportunity for anyone who has ever wanted to get a little closer to wildlife.

Sign our petition to help end the abuse of exotic cats

The Wildheart Trust launched the SERVIVAL campaign to ban the breeding of exotic wild cats with domestic cats within the UK. We are calling on George Eustice, MP, Secretary of State for Environment, to end this cruel form of hybridisation.

This abhorrent practice has no place in the 21st Century and does untold harm and long term damage to feline species.

Together we can make a difference. Together we roar.


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Sanctuary News

Natasha with the wobble bridge under construction.

A new wobble bridge for our tigers Natasha and Zoppa!

Posted on January 18, 2024

Winter is usually the time to get cosy indoors, but not for our tigers Natasha and Zoppa – who have…

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A close-up of a White-clawed Crayfish at the new conservation centre.

Our White-clawed Crayfish conservation centre is opening on the 27th of January!

Posted on December 22, 2023

The White-clawed Crayfish is the UK’s only native species of crayfish, a type of crustacean which resembles a small lobster….

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Softi & Toph – 6 Months on… 

Posted on November 10, 2023

Many of our members joined us on the 3rd November to celebrate the arrival of Softi and Toph six months…

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Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8QB

Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is a trading name of The Wildheart Trust, registered in England and Wales.
Company Number: 10238727, Registered Charity Number: 1171144. Registered Office: Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8QB.
Photography Credit: Chris Boyce, Keith Johnson, Charl Bailie; K1 Photography