Founder Day Experience

New for 2019. We are offering a limited number of exclusive experiences with Charlotte Corney, founder of The Wildheart Trust.

Charlotte grew up at the zoo after her parents saved it from closure in 1976. She has many colourful tales to tell from sharing her family home with exotic animals to walking tigers on the beach. Alongside this having spent many years running the zoo after her Fathers passing, Charlotte also has an intricate knowledge of the management of the Isle of Wight Zoo, and extensive knowledge of the conservation projects supported by the Zoo.

This is a unique opportunity to get under the skin of the zoo while spending the day in the company of Charlotte and her animal family. She will ensure that you enjoy intimate encounters with our individual animals and leave with some very special memories to share with your friends and family.

The day would run from 10:00 - 15:00 with a break for lunch.

Who can participate?

This experience is for people who are 16 or over. It is not suitable for pregnant women or nursing mothers. If you have a mobility issue or learning disability please contact us before booking to discuss your needs.


Bookings are available for 1-4 people at the following prices:

1 person - £195

2 people - £290

A family/group of up to 4 people - £350 (minimum age 16)

Pre-booking is essential. Please contact us on or call on 01983 403883 to make your reservation.

This experience is only available on a small selection of set dates in May and June. Please contact the zoo to discuss a date that suits you. If booking online you will be contacted by a zoo member to arrange a date upon purchase.

Book Your Experience

No. of People
Min Age
£195 - £350
10:00 - 15:00
1 - 4