About the Trust

The Wildheart Trust is a registered charity which is dedicated to realising its global ambitions. These are principally to make a meaningful impact on the health of the natural world while actively improving the well-being of animals in human care. The Trust runs the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary and provides governance for its conservation aims.

With the ‘Sixth Extinction’ crisis looming, time is of the essence. We aim to encourage an inclusive and participatory approach to conservation/restoration of the natural world. This means that everyone can play a vital role in preserving as much biodiversity as possible.

The Trust currently provides funding and technical support to in-situ conservation programmes for tigers in India, lemurs in Madagascar and native species here in the UK. The Trust has ambitions to grow its in-situ conservation.

Support Us

Modern science is constantly re-framing our perception of how animals think and feel. This only motivates us to try even harder to improve their well-being. Our animals benefit from the bespoke care of people who then become their friends and family.

One of our most treasured aims as a charity is to give safe and loving forever homes to big cats and other animals. These poor creatures have been abused in circuses and the pet trade all over the world. We rescue and help these animals through the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary. The sanctuary relies heavily on admissions and donations to run and any financial help whether big or small is really appreciated. Here are a few ways that you can help The Wildheart Trust in its fundraising efforts:


Visit the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary and see for yourself the difference we are making to the lives of our rescued animals and find out how their wild relatives are adapting to life with an even increasing human population.

Adopt one of our animals. This can be done through our Adoptions page or from direct from our shop at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary.

As a charity we rely on donations to support the vital work that we do. There are a number of ways you can help us:- make a donation online, arrange your own fundraiser on JustGiving. Please contact us for a fundraising pack.

Become a volunteer at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary. For more information please email our volunteer coordinator at volunteers@wildheartanimalsanctuary.org.

Book an animal experience with us – this is a guaranteed way of meeting our animals up close and personal alongside one of our animal carers.

Our Trustees

Charlotte Corney


Charlottes parents bought the IOW Zoo when she was a baby. She grew up helping to evolve it from the ‘Slum Zoo of Britain’ into a well-respected centre for the care and conserv…

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Neil Cummings


Neil recently returned to the UK after almost 30 years in Canada and the US where he practised commercial law in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. He holds law degrees from the Un…

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Alexia Fishwick


“I’ve actively loved wildlife all my life, from running my local nature club at the age of seven to being a Trustee at the Wild Heart Trust forty years later!” says Alexia Fishwi…

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Christopher Packham


Chris is a naturalist, broadcaster and author. When he was knee-high to a grasshopper he fell head over heels for ladybirds and other native animals living in his back garden. He s…

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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