The Isle of Wight is famous for its red squirrels, but there are plenty of other animals to see if you choose to enjoy caravan holidays here. Here is a look at the top animal attractions on the Sunshine Isle.
Isle of Wight Zoo
This is most famous for its big cats and was the setting for the Tiger Island TV series, filmed by ITV Meridian. It is based beside the beach in Sandown, just along the coast from Shanklin, where our caravan is located.
It was originally a family-owned zoo, but it became a charity called The Wildheart Trust in 2017, and conservation and the survival of the planet s endangered species is at the heart of everything that happens there.
Old and young alike will love the range of animals on offer, from powerful predators to pocket-sized primates, and there are options to pay a little extra and get up close and personal with some of the inhabitants.
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Amazon World Zoo Park is an any-weather attraction with an interesting mix of animals, from meerkats to toucans. It is home to more than 200 different species of animals and there is a three-storey soft play area where children aged between one and 14 can let off some steam.
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Tapnell Farm Park
This really does offer something for the whole family to enjoy, whether you want to hop in a pedal go-kart, bounce high on the giant inflatable pillow, get hands-on with some of the friendly animal inhabitants or simply stop and enjoy some of the stunning scenery that the Isle of Wight has to offer.
There is a soft play area for younger visitors to enjoy and a first-class on-site restaurant, serving exquisite burgers and milkshakes that will make you want to return time and time again.
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Owl and Monkey Haven
This is a beautifully well-kept attraction and home to a thrilling selection of owls and monkeys. It is a hugely popular primate rescue centre and boasts play areas for all ages and a cafe selling a good selection of quality food.
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The Abbey of Our Lady of Quarr is predominantly a monastery and is the home of small community of Benedictine monks. It is a fascinating place to visit for a host of different reasons, not least the peace and tranquillity it offers, but it is also a lovely place to watch the resident pigs - and often piglets - frolicking in the mud.
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