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Tel: 01983 403883

Isle of Wight Zoo,Yaverland Seafront
Sandown, Isle of Wight
PO36 8QB

Welcome to the
Isle of Wight Zoo!

 Daily opening hours 2015

14th Feb - 31st March - 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

1st April - 1st October - 10.00 am - 5.30 pm


Grounds & horticulture Vacancie

A rare opportunity has arisen for an grounds and horticulture person to join this friendly zoo which prides itself on its inclusive working environment. The successful candidate will become part of a small but ambitious zoo team and will therefore need to be highly adaptable and self-motivated. A strong desire and ability to maintain and enhance our visitor environment is vital to this role.

Working knowledge of groundwork and basic horticulture is required along with an unwavering love of the great outdoors. Applicants must be in a position to relocate to the Isle of Wight.

To apply online please visit the vacancies section of our website:

Closing date for applications: 16 March 2015

A wild Island adventure begins here at

The Isle of Wight Zoo

A huge roar of welcome from everyone at the Isle of Wight Zoo as we look forward to opening our doors again with our extended hours from Saturday14th February as we step forward into another exciting season and what an exciting season it promises to be .

Make sure you place the Isle of Wight Zoo on your list of must visits season 

Earn Your Stripes at the IOW Zoo with Adventure Activities Isle of Wight

A new relationship evolves between two leading experience providers

Visitors to the Isle of Wight Zoo will soon be able to participate in a range of family friendly outdoor activities courtesy of Island-based Adventure Activities Isle of Wight. Both organizations share a fierce passion for the natural world and, together, they have pledged to champion everything that the great outdoors has to offer. From Easter onwards a trip to the zoo will no longer just be about experiencing 'wildlife’ it will also be about learning how to survive the wild life while having fun rediscovering what it is to be human in the real world.

The message from Zoo Director, Charlotte Corney, is clear "put down your iPads, mute your mobiles and turn on your basic instincts because the Adventure Activities team are ready to bring out the animal in you". We’ve evolved into an extraordinary species but along the way have lost many of our earlier survival skills and in no place is this more apparent than a zoo where we come face-to-face with some of natures’ finest examples of predator and prey. Owen Burson, Director of Adventure Activities Isle of Wight, believes that the zoos’ tigers, monkeys and other animals will provide the perfect motivation for people to get back in touch with their wild side, he says "Our vision is twofold we want to inspire a taste for adventure and we want to help build an awareness of what these incredible animals are capable of; can you balance like a Capuchin Monkey, climb like a Tiger or hunt like a Tawny Owl?".

Those brave enough to ascend to the top of the newly installed 30ft climbing wall will be rewarded with a unique view of Casper and Frosty, the zoos’ white lions – and no doubt the sight of clothed primates scrambling up a rock face will be rather stimulating for the lions too! For the more terrestrially orientated adventurer, an archery range will be erected close by for anyone wanting to challenge their hand-eye coordination. The goats at Zoolittle Farm are set to be entertained by observing the circus skills training in action while the meerkat mob will supervise bush-skills and nature games stationed at Suricata Lodge.

We will also see the return of our very popular daily " Animals are Amazing " tours , come and join our friendly tour guides as they open up the world of nature and introduce visitors to our animals throughout the day including our daily Big Cat enrichment feeds and a chance to find out just how much a big cat can eat, there is also our magical Lemur presentations to learn about these adorable creatures and of course our cheeky meerkat's , watch our presenters  become " human termite mounds " as they introduce you to our special little gang .

We look forward to warmly welcoming both new and returning visitors to a truly wild adventure at the isle of Wight Zoo in 2015

Ever wanted to compare a Meerkat ???? well now you can at the Isle of Wight Zoo , each day we offer our visitors and opportunity to join our keepers with a unforgettable encounter available at " Suricata Lodge " our stunning African style Kalahari Meerkat experience area.

If you fancy the opportunity to be used as a human termite mound by our friendly mob of Meerkat's then why not treat yourself or your children to an encounter in our specially designed undercover area? Tickets are sold on the day on a first-come-first-served basis. This encounter is suitable for 8yrs of age and over.

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New Heaters Donated by Veito


4th March 2014
Veito carbon infra-red heaters keep the Isle of Wight Zoo and its animals warm with a donation of twelve heaters.


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