Amazon World Zoo Park is situated 6 miles south of Newport on the Isle of Wight, tucked in behind a Thompson’s Plant and Garden Centre. The car park is large and free with a neat adventure playground and cafè external to the main zoo. We picked up our tickets after a short queue and headed into the first building housing terrapin, fish and a crocodile.
Amazon World prides itself on its exotic collection of animals and we saw animals I had never seen before and in close proximity. We missed a few, partially due to lack of signage, occasionally finding ourselves staring at a fish tank in particular, wondering what we’re looking for, but we had picked up a guidebook with our tickets that helped out.
There is about 200 different species at the zoo, mainly South American, including an ocelot, sloths, two red pandas, lemurs, giant anteaters, tamarins and Toucans. Amazon World Zoo uses some of its proceeds for conservation projects.
Price: £8 – 10.50 per person
Children £8.50, Seniors £9.50, Adults £10.50 and children under 3 are free. Family, group, seasonal tickets and school rates available. All information on the Amazon world site: Admission Times and Prices.
Paid Extras: Food for various animals can be bought throughout the zoo and the guide/activity book is an additional £2.50
Retailer: Amazon World Zoo Park+:
Tickets are bought at the door and valid for 7 days. Discounts and on-line booking is available through various Ferry providers when booking your ferry to the Isle of Wight.
About Amazon World Zoo Park
“1990 was the year it all started at Amazon World… I had always had a passion for animals and birds and when fate steered me to the Isle of Wight I came across a large tropical house that contained some exotic plants and free-flying birds. The then owners wanted to move on and as I had a collection of my own birds I thought that this would make a pleasant way to enjoy my hobby as well as giving other people some pleasure…
Amazon World evolved into something more than a just a collection of animals; it is a zoo and a centre for education and conservation.” Read more on their “Our Story & History” page.
The Zoo has a circular flow from the entrance to the gift shop at the end.
- Target age range: All ages
- Target gender: Unisex
- Target audience: Visitors to the Isle of Wight, particularly families with younger children.
- Indoor and outdoor attraction
- Signage is minimal, but a guidebook with more information is available for a small charge.
Environment & People
Tickets are valid for 7 consecutive days and that makes good value for money if you are visiting the Isle of Wight for a short-break or holiday. Amazon world has plenty to offer and a slow walk-through takes about 2-3 hours. In addition, various talks take place throughout the day in various locations throughout and each adds another 30 minutes to the visit.
Travel season: All seasons, open year round.
Location: The Isle of Wight, UK
On-line booking: Yes, through other providers, like Red Funnel and Wightlink.
Opens: 10 a.m.
Closes: During British summer time the last admission is 16.30 close at 17.30. Nov – March phone for last admission and closing times.
Map: PDF map can be found here.
The Adventurers cafè is located near the entrance and an ice-cream kiosk also selling drinks can be found in the central area. Picnic benches for packed lunches are located at the kiosk as well as near the adventure playground, also by the entrance.
Single-sex and disabled toilets are situated at the cafè and next to the central kiosk in an adjacent building.
The zoo exits through an on-site shop selling toys, mementoes and memorabilia.
None for those already on the Isle of Wight, otherwise the cost of transport.
Amazon World Zoo Park has a large selection of animals and offers the opportunity to come in very close proximity to the animals. During our two relatively busy visits, this, unfortunately, resulted in family groups with multiple, boisterous children significantly detracting from the experience for others. The staff were lovely, but ineffective and underutilized.
We observed groups of children repeatedly tapping the glass and almost shouting at nocturnal animals to elicit a response with no staff in the vicinity. The wallaby feeding we attended was spoiled by a large family group who threw food at the Wallabies, too impatient to wait for them to show an interest and continued to do so despite repeated admonitions from the single member of staff present who was preoccupied selling wallaby food packets to first and repeat customers.
During quiet moments we caught a glimpse of what a visit could be like. We watched the lemurs play, eat and sunbathe, the red pandas climb to the top of their enclosure and a sloth came over from the back of its enclosure to inspect us.
Amazon Zoo World present the animal kingdom in a positive and close-up if somewhat run down environment and a visit is highly dependent on who else is visiting with you. Recommended during quieter times of the year.
The review is based on two family visits during the Easter Holidays 2016. Click to read more about our eco icons and access icons used in this review. This article was first published on 22 April 2016.