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The Wildheart Trust

Hearts for Tigers

Help The Wildheart Trust provide safe sanctuary for five rescued circus tigers at the Isle of Wight Zoo.
raised of £100,000 target
by 1745 supporters
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Closed on 31/01/2019
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UPDATED 20/11/2018

In June 2018 the Isle of Wight Zoo (home of The Wildheart Trust) provided forever homes to five rescued ex circus tigers: Mondo, Girona, Natasha, Zoppa and Antonella from Primadomus, a rescue centre in Spain. These unfortunate tigers were born into a Spanish circus where they lived until they were handed over in November 2017.

During their time at the circus they were kept in miserable and overcrowded conditions in a tiny concrete cage all for the benefit of providing entertainment for the public.

In order to accommodate the tigers the zoo built new facilities at the cost of over £100,000. Through Justgiving, we have raised a big portion of the money needed to date and we thank everyone who has donated, but there is still a way to go in order to reach our target. 

In the last 4 months our dedicated, specialised team have worked tirelessly to ensure the animals are getting the loving and enriching place they deserve to call home. Here is a quick update on our beautiful tigers:

Zoppa – Is really affectionate and loves attention – she is however very lame and awaiting investigations to help us understand why, and how we can help, now that her strength is back. 

Antonella – A shy and quiet cat when she first arrived, but now flourishing with a new found confidence. We believe that she was shackled on her left leg in the past causing her lameness now - investigations are to take place soon.

Natasha – Our youngest addition, is lively and playful and loves to stalk.

Both Mondo and Girona came to us incredibly shy. They wouldn’t move without instruction; but we’re incredibly proud and happy with their progress now.

Both our majestic boys have health issues however and both are lame. We recently did a full medical on Girona and an update on him can be found on our ‘What’s On’ page on our website.

For more information please visit facebook @IOWZoo, or www.isleofwightzoo.com 


About the charity

The Wildheart Trust is dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the health of the natural world, while actively improving the well-being of animals in human care. We focus on three pillars to achieve our charitable aims: rescue, conservation, and community.

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