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The Wildheart Trust opens first of its kind iconic rescue facility

Posted on May 19th 2022

The soon to open primate habitat heralds a new era of animal rescue in the UK We will be opening a first-of-it...

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The Wildlife Trusts Beaver Talk

Posted on April 20th 2022

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust hope to return the beaver to the Isle of Wight. They have a stron...

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Discover The Wild This Easter

Posted on March 31st 2022

We have lined up a fun filled fortnight of activities for you to enjoy at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary over ...

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Posted on March 30th 2022

Just a quick note to visitors that during the Sandown Sprint on the weekend of 2/3 April and this week in the ...

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A blog by Lawrence for BIAZA about our SERVIVAL campaign

Posted on March 1st 2022

Lawrence Bates, COO of the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary shares his thoughts with BIAZA on our campaign to ban hy...

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A Life Less Ordinary - An Evening With The Corneys

Posted on February 28th 2022

Join us for a very special charity fundraising night in The Wildheart Café on Saturday 19 March and an exclusi...

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Storm Eunice - The Aftermath

Posted on February 18th 2022

The worst of the storm has passed and thankfully all our animals and staff are safe. However, sitting on the s...

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The Wildheart Trust Statement On The Abuse Of Cats

Posted on February 9th 2022

“We at The Wildheart Trust are appalled to see a video on social media of a professional footballer kicking an...

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February Half Term - Celebrating The Chinese Year Of The Tiger

Posted on February 8th 2022

Join us at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary during February half term as we celebrate The Chinese Year of the Ti...

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Wildheart Sponsorship Offer To Businesses - Unlock Incredible Benefits For Your Staff

Posted on February 3rd 2022

The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is excited to launch a new Sponsorship Package to local businesses with an incr...

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Sponsor A Bamboo Pole And Support Our New Primate Rescue Facility

Posted on January 31st 2022

In May this year the sanctuary will open a new state of the art Primate Rescue Facility and we are giving you ...

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Reopening this week - exclusive photographs of Tafkap and Xirus

Posted on January 29th 2022

We are excited to say that we are reopening from February 1st and cannot wait to welcome you all back to the s...

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Southern Vectis Buses - Charity of the Year for 2022

Posted on January 11th 2022

We are delighted to announce that Southern Vectis Buses have nominated The Wildheart Trust as their Charity of...

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Posted on December 22nd 2021

In January we will be overhauling our café, kitchen and shop to make our offer even better for visitors in 202...

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What is a Serval? Learn more about this incredible species

Posted on December 15th 2021

Servals are wild cats native to Africa and widespread in sub-Saharan countries, except rainforest regions. Th...

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Our new Servals Tafkap and Xirus have arrived

Posted on December 15th 2021

The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary are delighted to announce the safe arrival of their latest animals, a pair of b...

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Welcoming The Lockdown Sanctuary to the Isle of Wight

Posted on December 9th 2021

Well this is very exciting, something completely new has arrived at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary this week. ...

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Carols with Casper

Posted on December 2nd 2021

On Friday 17th of December we’ll be hosting an evening carol singing session on the green from – just across t...

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The Tiger Tombola Is Complete!

Posted on November 24th 2021

We linked up with Airtasker UK this summer to find somebody to make a very special toy for our tigers. Well we...

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Sensational December Admission Prices

Posted on November 5th 2021

Demolition work is well under way ahead of the construction of our stunning new Eco Domes and Primate Rescue F...

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Celebrate Christmas at The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

Posted on November 3rd 2021

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas...and we will once again be hosting our wonderful Christmas Markets...

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The Wildheart Christmas Lectures

Posted on October 15th 2021

Our Christmas Lectures Series... We have two fascinating lectures for you to enjoy at The Sanctuary this Chris...

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Half Term Halloween Adventures...

Posted on October 8th 2021

We’re throwing on some seriously spooky family friendly Halloween fun every single day through half term at Th...

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Launching Our New World Class Primate Rescue Centre And Crowd Funder

Posted on October 1st 2021

The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is delighted to announce that work has begun on the biggest and most ambitious ...

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Bembridge teacher and carpenter is our chief tiger toy maker!

Posted on August 13th 2021

This summer we teamed up with our friends at Airtasker UK to launch a nationwide search for a new chief toymak...

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Twilight Safaris - every Wednesday night all summer

Posted on July 22nd 2021

Drum role please. By popular demand we are delighted to announce the return of our Twilight Safari’s kicking o...

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Big Cat Breakfasts Are Back

Posted on July 22nd 2021

Sssssssssssh…our popular Big Cat Breakfasts are returning to The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary for the summer. We...

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Sketching and Drawing Workshops with Artfullness

Posted on July 16th 2021

The latest event we are hosting in our collaboration with the Artfullness Studio is a Sketching and Drawing Wo...

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Postcard Art Competition - Winners Announced!

Posted on July 14th 2021

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Create-A-Postcard-Competition where we asked visitors to our sa...

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Posted on July 9th 2021

After a hugely popular showpiece opening history talk, we have added two new dates for The Palmerston to PLUTO...

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Twilight Safaris at The Sanctuary

Posted on June 28th 2021

Drum role please. By popular demand we are delighted to announce the return of our Twilight Safari’s kicking o...

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Vigo and Kumba Rock Appeal

Posted on June 25th 2021

After many years of standing proud in the centre of the sanctuary, the Lion rock has finally collapsed. This s...

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National Pollinator Week

Posted on June 22nd 2021

We are celebrating international Pollinator Week because we want to make our Island a better place to live and...

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From Palmerston to PLUTO

Posted on June 18th 2021

You are invited to join us at The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary in Sandown for a very special evening of local hi...

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Remembering Girona

Posted on June 14th 2021

Our photographer Chris Boyce was one of the very first people to have seen Girona when he arrived at The Wildh...

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Hunt for a Tiger Toy with Airtasker

Posted on June 14th 2021

Well this is very exciting indeed, The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary has teamed up with our good friends Airtaske...

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Farewell Beautiful Girona

Posted on June 10th 2021

It is with a heavy heart we announce that our beloved male tiger Girona passed away today. We know how much he...

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Fundraising Regulator Decision Backs The Wildheart Trust

Posted on June 3rd 2021

Following an investigation into one of our recent campaigns, we are delighted that the Fundraising Regulator h...

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Celebrating Bike Week

Posted on May 26th 2021

We are supporting Bike Week this half term, the annual celebration showcasing the benefits of cycling and the ...

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Half term family fun

Posted on May 21st 2021

Come and enjoy a sensational adventure with us here at The Wildheart Sanctuary this half term. We have lined...

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Create a Postcard Art Competition

Posted on May 14th 2021

We have collaborated with recently launched Isle of Wight Studio 'Artfullness' and are excited to invite you t...

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Isle of Wight Zoo to re-open on 12th April as Wildheart Animal Sanctuary

Posted on March 31st 2021

New name reflects our focus on rescued and threatened wildlife and puts the Isle of Wight at the frontline of ...

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New Beginning

Posted on March 31st 2021

A message from The Wildheart Trust Founder Charlotte Corney On behalf of all the Wildheart Trust team I am exc...

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A WIN for WILDHEART with Redfunnel Ferries

Posted on November 24th 2020

We’ve been awarded SILVER in Redfunnel Ferries Isle of Wight Awards 🏆 Our category was ‘Things to Do’...

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Lynx to provide link to our wild past

Posted on November 9th 2020

We are excited to announce the arrival of a family of Eurasian Lynx, a species that has never been a feature o...

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It's Not Just The Animals That Stir At Night.......

Posted on September 28th 2020

Restless Isle Ghost Walks at the Isle of Wight Zoo!!!! 24th and 31st October Join us for a terrifying 30-40 mi...

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Zoo launches new webcams to ensure that gone doesn’t mean forgotten!

Posted on March 26th 2020

We may be closed for a while due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that’s not going to stop the public from keepin...

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Keeping in touch and how you can help

Posted on March 25th 2020

The Isle of Wight Zoo Is Temporarily Closed Until 19th June We might be closed but our staff and animals are s...

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​Zoo home to the oldest lemur in the world?

Posted on February 28th 2020

Animal Carer Gary claims to be caring for oldest living captive brown lemur in the world ! A leap year maybe ...

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Kumba and Vigo Move House

Posted on January 31st 2020

We have great news! Kumba and Vigo have moved in to their purpose built new lion house here at the Isle of Wig...

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A Birdwatching Year in Sandown Bay with Natural Links

Posted on January 16th 2020

Winter into Early Spring Sessions 2020 - Tuesday 5 February - Wednesday 4 March – Tuesday 7 April All sessions...

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IOW Zoo's Wishlist goes viral!

Posted on January 15th 2020

We have been humbled by the number of you supporting us through our Amazon wishlist! Thankyou What started as ...

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Australia’s Bushfire Emergency

Posted on January 7th 2020

We know we are not alone in our horror at the terrible situation in Australia, with the catastrophic bushfires...

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Christmas Trees, Animal Enrichment and Volunteering here at the zoo!

Posted on January 6th 2020

Thanks for all your donations of Christmas Trees – we didn’t even need to ask but your enquiries were well tim...

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Our beloved Simi

Posted on December 12th 2019

It is with great sadness that we must report that our beautiful tigress Simi passed away last week after a sho...

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Zoo appeals for lionhearted Christmas gifting

Posted on December 11th 2019

While people are busy decorating their homes for the festive period, Isle of Wight Zoo in Hampshire has come u...

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Posted on November 22nd 2019

KIDS GO FREE FOR CHRISTMAS! Join us over the Christmas period and spend the day with our amazing animal reside...

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International Zoo Educators Day

Posted on November 14th 2019

Today, Thursday 14th November, is International Day of Zoo and Aquarium Educators. On what better way to celeb...

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The Animals’ Christmas

Posted on November 7th 2019

Calling all reception and primary schools.... bring your class and enjoy a magical day at the Zoo! Christmas i...

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Hedgehog Day - Saturday 26th October

Posted on October 21st 2019

This Saturday, 26th October, is Hedgehog Day at the Isle of Wight Zoo! This is a great opportunity to come and...

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Welcome to our new mob of meerkats!

Posted on October 21st 2019

The Isle of Wight Zoo is delighted to welcome some new residents. Recently arrived from the Welsh Mountain Zoo...

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The Big Hedgehog Count!

Posted on October 8th 2019

Hedgehog Island is a brand new campaign organised by The Wildheart Trust and local voluntary hedgehog rescue g...

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Sadly our beloved Aysha has passed away

Posted on October 3rd 2019

The beautiful Aysha sadly passed away on the evening of Wednesday 2nd October at the age of 21. Her health had...

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Christmas Lunch at the Zoo!

Posted on September 28th 2019

Not started planning your Christmas lunch or get-together with work colleagues or friends yet? Then why not co...

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Come to the Spooky Zoo this half term!

Posted on September 23rd 2019

Bring your little ghosts and ghouls and join us for a spell with our spooktastically-themed activities during ...

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Zoo stocks One water exclusively!

Posted on September 13th 2019

What is One water? Well to put it simply it's life-changing, ethical and 100% British spring water. Why is it...

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It's open... come and try our new adventure playground

Posted on August 7th 2019

The Isle of Wight Zoo is delighted to announce that the long awaited opening of it's adventure playground has ...

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Schools out... and there's so much to see!

Posted on July 26th 2019

As the schools have finally broken up and the Summer sizzles then a trip to the Isle of Wight Zoo is a must! W...

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The Wildheart Trust is honoured to join the White-tailed Eagle Steering Group

Posted on July 12th 2019

We are delighted to announce The Wildheart Trust will be represented by our Chief Executive Veronica Chrisp on...

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Local artist Tony Trowbridge is behind our rejuvenated arches!

Posted on July 10th 2019

Painting on a canvas larger than your average living room wall would be a daunting task for most artists but n...

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Posted on July 9th 2019

We are incredibly excited to announce that we will be unveiling a new adventure playground. We are sure you wi...

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4th July - ​Slow Radio: Dusk to dawn at the Isle of Wight Zoo

Posted on June 25th 2019

So this is a bit exciting and something very different for us! Recently the enthusiastic and talented Anthony ...

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Kumba and Vigos Big Journey

Posted on February 28th 2019

We are incredibly proud to announce that Kumba and Vigo arrived safely at the zoo in the early hours of this m...

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Brexit threatens to make Isle of Wight lion rescue a ‘no deal’

Posted on January 21st 2019

The ongoing uncertainty of Brexit is threatening the final chapter of a complex rescue and rehabilitation effo...

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UPDATE - GIRONA 19/11/2018

Posted on November 19th 2018

Since arriving at the Isle of Wight Zoo our five amazing ex-circus tigers have been settling in and making the...

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Founder Day Experiences

Posted on November 16th 2018

We are incredibly excited to announce a new experience for 2019 here at the Isle of Wight Zoo! Available to bo...

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Aysha Turns 20!

Posted on August 7th 2018

Deputy Animal Manager and Senior Big Cat Keeper Caz Lorek organised a birthday celebration with a difference r...

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Adopt a rescued tiger today

Posted on August 1st 2018

Five tigers, rescued from a Spanish Circus are settling in nicely at the Isle of Wight Zoo and are now ready f...

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Funds climb with charity abseil

Posted on July 12th 2018

Brave fundraisers recently added over £10,000 to our Hearts for Tigers appeal by abseiling down the Emirates S...

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Zoo partygoers had a wild time!

Posted on July 12th 2018

It’s official. Visitors to our recent party night hosted by Chris Packham enjoyed a thoroughly wild night, mee...

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Five Rescued Ex-circus Tigers Find Forever Home

Posted on July 9th 2018

Five tigers who have spent years being forced to perform in a Spanish travelling circus are settling in well a...

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From tiger teens to realising conservation dreams

Posted on June 27th 2018

As the person behind the Isle of Wight Zoo and The Wildheart Trust, Charlotte Corney’s love of animals and nat...

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