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The Isle of Wight Zoo may be closed for a while due to the COVID-19 outbreak, but that’s not going to stop the public from keeping up with the antics of Vigo and Kumba.

The 2 rescued lion brothers recently moved into their new accommodation which came complete with a heated sleeping area and specially reinforced full-height windows allowing the public, when the Zoo is open, incredibly privileged, face to face encounters with the king-sized duo.

From today, thanks to the donation of 2 web cams by Island IT company Dataswift, the lions can be viewed day or night as the cameras cover their sleeping quarters and their outside enclosure. You can access the cameras at https://isleofwightzoo.com/kumba-vigo-webcam.

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Lawrence Bates, The Zoo’s Head of Zoological Operations said:

“As well as being a fantastic for the public, the cameras are a great tool for keepers who can now keep a remote eye on the boys from the comfort of their own home. Beware though, the pastime is incredibly addictive!”

To ensure that the public is kept up to date with the Zoo during the closure, keepers will be feeding the lions at midday nearly every day so check in to the camera to catch the action.  If you miss that there will be a Facebook update every day at 14:00.

Vigo and Kumba were brought to the zoo last year after being saved from a Spanish circus where they spent most of their lives cooped up together in a lorry trailer. When they were young, they were neutered, beaten, and their claws cruelly and painfully removed.

Since the boys’ arrival, The Wildheart Trust – which operates the Zoo – has been working on fundraising and sponsorship to develop the new supersized accommodation. That fundraising is now focussed on supporting The Wildheart Trust to continue to be able to look after the animals during the closure.

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Lawrence adds:

“It costs £1000 a month to care for our big cats so a period with no income is daunting for us. We really need the public’s help to get through.”

The Trust has asked for donations to be made to its crowdfunding campaign which you can access through the website or at www.crowdfunder.co.uk/wildheart-trust. A donation area has been set up at the entrance to the Zoo for those that want to donate food for the animals.

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The two beautiful Lions should be in a Safari park imo or better still in their home land in a safe reserve. Find little joy in seeing such animals caged in this cold, damp country.


if you taken some time to read their website you would see these animals have complex back grounds. These two lions have known nothing but captivity and releasing them into a reserve, or a park with other lions would be a disaster. These lions would not be able to hunt in a reserve or protect themselves in a park, and in both situations would not be accepted by other lions. Yes, it’s not ideal but their lives are a hundred times better now they are not in a circus. 

Don't tell him pike.

I suggest you go visit them and listen to the guide talk on what they have been through and what their needs are .your suggestion would not work .

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