This February half term, the Isle of Wight Zoo at Sandown is appealing for children to help prepare for the arrival of 2 rescued lion brothers – Vigo and Kumba.

The zoo needs some truly lionhearted helpers to take part in designing and making manes they think would suit the 5-year-old big cats because the pair have never grown their own. It is the result of being castrated at an early age by the travelling circus, which kept them in cramped cages and forced them to perform until they were rescued.

Mane-making is part of a host of fun activities the zoo has planned for children this half term including face painting, lion-themed trails and even food and cake with big cat connections.

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As an added bonus, any child wearing a mane, lion or tiger costume during half term will receive free admission to the zoo. Ticket sales for accompanying adults and children that don’t want to dress-up go towards the zoo’s ongoing work with rescued animals.

All the activities are lion-themed in recognition of the zoo’s ongoing efforts to bring Vigo and Kumba to their new home as soon as possible. After Brexit on 29th March, customs changes and travel difficulties are likely to impact their 1,300-mile journey to reach the island.

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