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Tel: 01983 403883

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

Meet the Tigers...

For several years the species of cat we have chosen to specialise in has been the tiger. The zoo is now home to Five tigers, two of whom have circus backgrounds.
Although we have successfully bred in the past, we don't breed our current tigers. This is for a few reasons:

  • Their bloodlines are impure or unknown. This means that they can't be part of official breeding programmes for their subspecies and that breeding them would not be valuable for tiger conservation. Some also have genetic conditions which we don't want them to pass on.
  • They are too old. We are more of a retirement home than a matchmaking service!
  • Caring for cubs is a big commitment. If we do decide to breed any of our animals we need to be sure we know what will happen to the babies when they grow up.
  • In particular, breeding white tigers is not ethical practise. There has been so much inbreeding in their history that they are now prone to serious health problems. Our own white tiger, Zena, has suffered from eye problems for many years, and in 2006 had to have one of her eyes removed due to glaucoma.
  • Our tiger conservation work focuses on education and protecting tigers in the wild.

    Our tigers act as ambassadors for their species, and we hope that visiting them will inspire our visitors to care about efforts to protect them. Click on their names to find out about each one.


    Aysha epitomises the saying "all the best things come in small packages". Having been born somewhat weak, she is small in stature. Nevertheless, what she lacks in size she makes up for in personality. Definitely one of the chummiest tigers in the sanctuary, she seldom fails to greet those familiar to her and then she just won't leave you alone! Aysha hands out copious amounts of affection, usually marked by endless purring.
    To make her all the more likeable, she is never bad-tempered or fractious. Despite her elfin charm, Aysha may know how to use her sweetness to win hearts but when it comes to the crunch she is certainly a tough little cookie!


    Simi is an ex circus tiger who was seized in 2013,on welfare grounds from a German travelling circus outside Hamburg.She wa stakenalong with her sister Julia, to a rescue facility in Belgium.Unfortunately the two sister became unsettled living together so it was decided to separate them,Julia was offered a home at another UK zoo..

    When we heard about Simi's story we decided to provide her with a lifelong home.

    Simi became internationally renowned overnight when her plight was bought to the attention of David Cameron,via Isle of Wight MP, Andrew Turner,duringPrime Ministers Quesions in the House of Commons in Sept 2015.

    Simi arrived at the Isle of Wight Zoo in January 2016.Despite being ill treated while she lived in the circus, she is a calm ,confident and friendly tigress.She is very bright and curious and takes great interest in her surroundings.

    We have no past records for Simi and therfore do not know where she was born , but we assume she was bred in the circus, so is therefore likely a mix of Indian and Siberian bloodlines.

    Simi is a pretty , petite tigress with fabulous whiskersand a spritely attitude.We look forward to showing her that humans can be kind and be her friend.

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