Our Small Mammals

Our small mammals are very special to us here at the sanctuary as they prove that every animal, whatever its size, is of value in our diverse ecosystem. Our individuals here will also likely capture your heart when you hear their background stories, as many have come from unhappy situations. Who will you fall in love with?

Meerkats – Meerkats live in desert areas throughout most parts of central Africa and in South Africa. A group of meerkats is called a “mob”, “gang” or “clan”. A meerkat clan often contains about 20 meerkats, but some super-families have 50 or more members.

Wallabies – Bennett’s Wallabies originate from the cooler regions of Southern Australia so are really at home in our climate. These gentle creatures spend their days casually grazing and relaxing in their social group.

Coatis – Native to tropical regions of South America, these amazing creatures are true acrobats having the ability to climb up trees and back down head first. This is thanks to very flexible joints.

Raccoons – Originally from North and Central America, this species now has established and growing non-native populations in Europe and Asia.

African Hedgehogs – These creatures live across central African countries in areas of grassland.

Clive, Neo, Io, Peakat, Timeone, Mushu, Mauve & Monica

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Meerkat

Our Marvellous mob of 7 meerkats consists of 6 males. Their names are Clive, Neo, Io, Peakat, Timone and Mushu who came to us from Welsh Mountain Zoo. we also have 1 female named Mauve who came to us from Tropical World in Leeds. As the only female in the mob, Mauve is the boss as in Meerkat society females are the more dominant. In established mobs there can only be one alpha female, so Mauve’s sister ‘Monica’ lives separately with another male named ‘Andy’. Which one is digging, which one is sunbathing, and which one is on sentry duty when you visit?

Uluru, Alice, Dudley, Maruku, Wallace & Yulara

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Wallaby

Our wallabies came to us from the wonderful Tapnell Farm here on the Isle of Wight. We have Uluru and her daughter Alice, two males, Maruku and Wallace and little female Yulara to complete our happy mob.


Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Coati

The name ‘Coati’ comes from Native American words meaning ‘belt’ and ‘nose’ which refers to the way Coati tuck their nose into their belly whilst sleeping! Sattler came to us from an animal rescue centre having previously been forced to work and had been kept in horrific conditions. With time and patience our animal care team slowly gained her trust and, in doing so, gradually introduced her to enrichment. This helped to promote natural coati behaviours such as climbing, socialising and foraging.

Liberty & Otoo

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: Raccoon

Here at the sanctuary we have two beautiful raccoons: Liberty, who was an ex-pet from a private owner plus Otoo who joined us from Five Sisters Zoo. Otoo is very shy, whilst Liberty is incredibly interactive. All enjoy dipping their toes in our water pool and washing their food, just as wild raccoons would do.

Maui & Moana

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Species: African Hedgehog

Maui and Moana came to our family here at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary via a rescue centre after private owners could no longer look after them. They are nocturnal and shy around humans but are nonetheless deserving of a safe forever home which we are happy to provide.