Our Role

Recent rescues include two lions found in beast wagons in Spain, a group of five ex-circus tigers saved from the brink of starvation in Italy and most recently two servals who were found with broken legs and severely malnourished in a bathroom in France.

The Wildheart Trust is dedicated to providing forever homes for animals that have been rescued from horrendous conditions around Europe. We achieve this by offering them refuge and the chance to flourish in our wildlife sanctuary. This is our fundamental mission and we partner with our colleagues and friends AAP in Holland to give exotic animals a better life in their new forever home by the sea on the Isle of Wight.


Circuses use entertainment and “traditional practices” as a cover up for blatant animal abuse. Our lions Kumba and Vigo were castrated before they were one-year-old meaning they didn’t grow manes and have grown to an abnormally large size. They also had their claws removed, an excruciatingly painful experience that is similar to the pain felt when breaking a bone, and this was done with the brutal intention of pacifying these beautiful animals.

The Illegal Pet Trade

The illegal pet trade in Europe sees small mammals and primates being shipped around the continent and living in squalid, inappropriate conditions. The servals we have rescued were found in the bedroom of a lady in Brittany who had bought them from a breeder in the Czech Republic. Due to poor and inappropriate nutrition there was a serious lack of calcium, this resulted in creating deformed bones in their hind legs. It took them a long time to heal, get used to the right food and grow strong. Although they had an horrendous start in life they are now on their way back up – but it shouldn’t have come to that in the first place.