The trained Learning & Discovery team at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary have been enthusing young people for the natural world and giving expert insight into conservation issues for many years. Schools are encouraged to pre-book an educational tour as part of their visit. There is no additional charge for these and feedback from teachers tells us that children who take part in an educational tour get much more from their visit.
If you book an educational tour, your group will receive an interactive guided tour around the Sanctuary where they will meet our fantastic animals, learn about their stories and what brought them to us. The session will be pitched at an appropriate level for your pupils. Tours are between 60 and 90 minutes long depending on your requirements.
Alternatively, you may prefer a taught session on a particular topic. The Sanctuary’s Learning & Discovery team are able to offer bespoke sessions and workshops, as long as they are given sufficient notice of your learning objectives. Please also let us know if any of your pupils have specific needs.
This is an indoor teaching area with a wide range of animal and conservation-themed resources. A variety of live animals are housed within the education centre and most education sessions will include opportunities for the children to visit these animals. The education centre also has hand washing facilities.
There are a wide variety of animals at the Wildheart Animal Sanctuary, including big cats, monkeys, lemurs and small mammals such as raccoons and meerkats. Each individual animal has its own personality, and our tours ensure students obtain a unique insight into the animal’s lives. Many of the animals have been rescued from unfortunate circumstances and it is rewarding to see them receiving the best of care from the Sanctuary’s dedicated animal carers.
Many of the species here are endangered, and the Sanctuary is involved in conservation programmes in India and in Madagascar. The Conservation and Research team also carries out fieldwork closer to home, working to conserve the threatened Reddish Buff Moth and the White-tailed Eagle on the Isle of Wight.