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Isle of Wight Zoo,Yaverland Seafront
Sandown, Isle of Wight
PO36 8QB

Meet the Madagascan Animals...

We have a long-standing interest in Madagascar, which reflects in the animals we have at the zoo.

Meet the Lemurs...

We have so many lemurs that they have their own page! 

Madagascan Giant Jumping Rats

We currently have a pair of Madagascan jumping rats, Kirindy (female) and Kuzco (male). They are approximately the size of a chinchilla, and if frightened they can jump up the a metre into the air.

They are classed as an Endangered Species and are part of a breeding programme to build a population in zoos. So far 16 zoos are taking part, including the Isle of Wight Zoo.

Meller's Ducks

We also have a breeding pair of Meller's ducks. For many years

scientists overlooked these birds, as they resemble a female mallard. However on close inspection they have slightly different bills, and they also differ from mallards in that males have the same colouring as females.

They have now been confirmed as an Endangered Species, and the Isle of Wight Zoo is participating in their breeding programme.

Lesser Tenrecs

Tenres are small mammals that look like hedgehogs but are actually unrelated to them. They eat insects, and are able to curl up like hedgehogs. At the moment they are not considered threatened, and have a conservation status of Least Concern.

Madagascan Day Gecko

Madagascan day geckos are bright green and can grow up to 22cm in length. The are currently classed as a Vulnerable Species.

Standing's Gecko

Standing's day geckos are a vulnerable species. They are green and can grown up to 28cm.

Madagascan Tree Boa

The Madagascan tree boa is a Vulnerable Species of snake. They can grow to five feet long.

Madagascan Hissing Cockroach

Madagascan hissing cockroaches are a wingless variety of cockroach that are are able to hiss by forcing air through tiny holes called spiracles. They usually live off-show, but in the Summer we sometimes use them for bug handling sessions. They do not yet have an official conservation status.