ISLE OF WIGHT ZOO TO RE-OPEN THIS MONTH UNDER NEW NAME

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The Wildheart Trust has announced that the Isle of Wight Zoo will reopen to the public on 12th April with a new name, a new brand and a renewed focus on protecting the world’s most endangered species.

The Isle of Wight Zoo is being renamed as the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, reflecting its evolution from a traditional zoo to a rescue-first sanctuary for threatened wildlife.

Over time, the Isle of Wight Zoo has transitioned its role from one of a traditional zoological park to the role of a sanctuary – a shared space for rescued animals to flourish in a caring environment and for humans to be inspired and learn from the natural world that surrounds them. As a result, being called a ‘sanctuary’ is now more fitting for its activities on the Island and for the empowering experience that people have when they visit.

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Charlotte Corney, Founder and Trustee of the Wildheart Trust, said:

“We are delighted to be sharing this significant moment in our history with our wide range of members, donors, visitors and the Isle of Wight community.

“Our approach is now ‘rescue-first’, caring for animals in desperate need of re-homing who have specific problems and challenges as a result of their time in captivity. By providing these special animals with a loving and safe forever home and telling their stories we hope to motivate our visitors to turn their concern for wildlife and the environment into confident action.

“Our role is now more critical than ever as we confront the realities of widespread animal exploitation and extinction. We want the Sanctuary, its community of supporters, and the Isle of Wight to be at the frontline of the protection of endangered animals and the move to treat all animals with compassion. If we are successful, then today’s generation of children will be amongst the last to need to see wild animals living outside of their natural environments.”

The announcement comes at a time when people are still deeply impacted by the global pandemic which has highlighted the imbalances in nature that threaten both animal and human life. The Wildheart Animal Sanctuary will shine a light on the vulnerability of the natural world while demonstrating solutions which really make a difference.

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Lawrence Bates, Chief Operating Officer of the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, added:

“The Sanctuary provides an immersive and stimulating day out and is a chance to see some of the most remarkable, yet threatened, animals on our planet, including our latest arrivals Daenerys, Nymeria and Tyrion, a family of Eurasian lynx who found themselves in dire straits and in desperate need of a new home.

“And yet our hope is that the Sanctuary offers much more than just a fleeting visit. It is an opportunity to make transformative connections to nature through meeting our wonderful animals in the flesh. Our role is to get people thinking, when they go home, about the meaningful changes they can make to their lives to help improve the well-being of animals and the health of our planet.”

In line with government guidelines, the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary is scheduled to re-open to the public on 12th April. In order to comply with social distancing regulations there will be a cap on numbers and we recommend visitors book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Y R
Y R
1 month ago

You can’t get a real appreciation of animals from a small screen.You need to see them up close and be able to smell them and see how they react to you. I got my lifelong love of wildlife from being touched by an elephant’s trunk at a zoo as a child. Most of the animals in sanctuaries are captive bred and would not survive in the wild.

Elmer Keith
Elmer Keith
Reply to  Y R
1 month ago

Thing is, this is NOT all about YOU, or the ‘visitor experience’ is it.

To caring people other than selfish people this is MORE about the creatures contained within, NOT the fact that YOU can’t smell them, or see them in real 3D.

It is ABOUT what they ‘can’t see’ or smell, or feel or experience being locked in a concrete enclosure on a small cold Isle off England, when they are built to live thousands of miles away in a totally different climate, with different smells and different foliage, and freedom to mate, to kill to live a real life.

To YOU ‘seeing them’ is a tiny % of YOUR life, it is THEIR ‘ENTIRE life paying for such.

Y R
Y R
Reply to  Elmer Keith
1 month ago

What I am saying is that this experience leads to the younger generation caring more about wildlife and conservation and therefore will benefit animals in the wild.

Elmer Keith
Elmer Keith
Reply to  Y R
1 month ago

Rubbish. Most of the types of people who will ever gain enough influence to help on a meaningful level the types of animal locked in a zoo will have more sense than have gained such a worthwhile career insight from an hour in a tiny UK zoo for inspiration.

IF animals need to be caged do so in their own lands in a safe area, and within large fenced land. The UK is tiny, land expensive, and the long Winter when most keen children are on the X box, these animals will be having a miserable life. SEE it ‘how it is’ not how you fool yourself and attempt to fool others with unjustified justifications.

Same old, same old
Same old, same old
Reply to  Elmer Keith
1 month ago

Remember the magnificent Cecil – he was supposed to have been in a “safe area – abroad”. I agree, all animals should be priority when it comes to their welfare, but money talks – everywhere, for good or bad. Conservation, or arbitrarily depriving animlas of their lives for so-called money-makling “sport” – the argument goes on. In the final conclusion – it is up to us humans to respect all animals and treat them the kindliest way we can.

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box
Reply to  Elmer Keith
1 month ago

I agree 100% with that comment.

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box
1 month ago

I see my previous comment about the so called Animal Sanctuary was deleted, not exactly free speech is it.

ron ashton
ron ashton
1 month ago

Seems to me it’s all about making money.
I would have thought it’s more about stopping aid and not doing business with these countries
who just exploit wild life.
Let’s take Brazil as an example , the government over there are destroying the Amazon
rain forest which in turn affect the whole world’s climate affecting all of us.

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