on October 31, 2009
I really like the Isle of Wight Zoo in Sandown. It is quite small compared to many other zoos in the UK, but the animals they have inside more than make up for it. Let's face it, when people go to the zoo, they want to see lions and tigers, which is what this zoo has plenty of - hence it being the basis for ITV's Tiger Island programme. The enclosures for the animals seem to be more than adequate and the animals are clearly very well looked after. The zoo as a whole is very well laid out and easy to get round, giving you the chance to see all the animals without going round in circles. Like I said, the main attraction is the fantastic tigers, but you can also see the engaging monkeys and the creepy crawly section (which is inside). There is also plenty of chances to see the animals being fed throughout the day. The zoo has a heavy focus on conservation of animals in the wild and so there is plenty of information about the animals' natural habitats as well as about what the zoo are doing to help. The information is really well presented and I found it very interesting. There is also a chance to help by adopting the animals, which I think would make a lovely gift idea for someone. All the usual facilities are available at the zoo - including plenty of parking, a gift shop and a cafe. On the whole, I would say that you'd probably only spend a couple of hours in the zoo and this is reflected in the price - which is about £6 for adults (I think) and includes parking. But I would say it is definitely worth a visit and it makes for a fun and educational day out.
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