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Hearts for Tigers Appeal

Help The Wildheart Trust provide safe sanctuary at the Isle of Wight zoo for a rescued tiger 

"We can’t change the world for every tiger in need but together we can make the world of difference for this one. Every penny will all add up to provide a much richer life for this animal." Chris Packham, Broadcaster, Author and Trustee of The Wildheart Trust

April 2017 began a new chapter for the Isle of Wight Zoo with the announcement that after 40yrs the zoo had been granted charity status.

The Wildheart Trust

The new charity is called The Wildheart Trust and is based at the Isle of Wight Zoo. The zoo has long been known and respected for its provision of lifelong refuge for unwanted, confiscated and mistreated big cats and is committed to the care and conservation of these wonderful animals. During the Isle of Wight Zoo’s 40 year lifetime more than 60 big cats have been given safe haven here. From tigers to lions,jaguars,the dedicated, specialised team have worked tirelessly to ensure the animals have had a safe, loving and enriching place to call home.Currently the zoo's big cat family totals 8 individuals who have come from a variety of unfortunate backgrounds.

Why do tigers need to be rescued? 

Every year countless big cats end up in temporary rescue centres across Europe, all with a tragic story to tell. Whether they have been abandoned by private owners (who no longer want them after they outgrow the cute and cuddly phase) or have been subjected to cruelty or bad welfare in circuses, they all need a permanent home and until they find one other desperate animals must wait their turn to be saved.

Why we need your help today

In March this year the zoo sadly lost one of its beloved tigers, Lola, an elderly ex-circus cat. Lola left behind her good friend Simi,also an ex-circus tiger. In many ways Lola’s loss seems bittersweet, because as much as the team miss her there is now space to give to rescue another tiger. However, in order to facilitate this we must first upgrade the old outdoor enclosure complex must be completed to ensure it meets the highest standards for this next era of rescue work. Unfortunately,at this time sufficient funds from the operating budget are not readily available to cover the cost of this important first phase renovation ,therefore a fundraising appeal is now being launched to assist in the quest.

Message from CEO and trustee of The Wildheart Trust – Charlotte Corney

"Without the support of our friends we would never have evolved into the specialist centre that we are today. Once we have completed the renovation, the team will be ready and waiting to welcome another tiger into The Wildheart family where he or she will be provided with exemplary day to day care"

How much will the project cost?

The project will be undertaken in two phases and will cost a total  of £50,000.
Phase 1 (£38,000) will include:
 Demolition and removal of old enclosure
 Replacement of exterior fencing
 Construction of a new dividing fence
 Planting and soft landscaping
 Creation of two ponds
 Building of resting platforms
Phase 2 (£12,000) will include:
 Building of two heated rocks with caves

The sooner we can make a facility available, the sooner we can welcome a tiger into our care thereby freeing up a space for another big cat at a European rescue centre.

We have already travelled to such a centre in Spain to meet some tigers who are getting ready to be re-homed. These individuals are currently undergoing veterinary treatment and tests so it shouldn’t be long before we can identify the individual which we will offer a home to – you can be part of this special campaign and give a tiger the chance to finally have a forever home and be part of a loving family.

How you can help

Fundraising Pack: Please feel free to download a fundraising pack to help you to support our work.

Our Hearts for tigers appeal has been launched to give you an opportunity to help The Wildheart Trust complete its  first rescue mission.  Knowing you have cared enough to make a difference will for many people, in itself, be a wonderful reward. We however we would also like to thank donors and every donation made will be rewarded.

  • Donations between £1 to £50 will be emailed a high resolution official photograph of the new rescue tiger once it has arrived at the zoo
  • Donations between £50 to £99 – Will receive an official photograph,plus a heart plaque inscribed  with your name displayed at the Zoo.
  • Donations between £100 to £499 - Will receive an official photograph,plus a heart plaque inscribed with your name displayed at the zoo .In addition a VIP invitation for a behind the scenes group visit to meet the rescued tiger 
  • Donations of £500 upwards – Will receive a framed photographic print ,a heart plaque inscribed with your name displayed at the zoo, A private individual VIP invitation for a behind the scenes tour  to meet the rescued tiger ,and a 12 month annual pass to the Isle of Wight zoo.

To make a donation please kindly use the donation button on the homepage and remembering to mark your donation " Hearts for Tigers " appeal

You can follow the story of the Hearts for Tigers appeal both here on the Isle of Wight Zoo website,and via our social media feeds.

THANK YOU Wildheart Friends!

From The Wildheart Trust team