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For over 25 years the Sanctuary has been a key tourist attraction on the Isle of Wight, and a vital refuge for neglected and abandoned donkeys from all across the UK.
Each donkey is a real character and visiting them is a always a joy for all animal lovers. Every donkey has a name, is microchipped and holds a passport!
All of the donkeys on display in the paddocks are gentle and happy to receive attention from humans. Children love watching their antics and learning how these animals communicate with each other.
The scene is always changing - many of the donkeys don't stand around in one place for too long - they enjoy playing, chasing each other, and most of all, rolling around and dust bathing. This type of animal behaviour is completely alien to most first-time visitors, many of whom have never seen more than one or two donkeys before, and is both fascinating and humourous. Children of all ages will have a great time here!
At present there is no education room as such, but a small barn can be made available complete with fresh hay bales to sit on by prior arrangement. Depending on the time of day and weather forecast, the cafe or picnic table area can also be used for study purposes.
This section highlights any on-site activities which have educational relevance.Help OFF
DONKEY WALKING 30mins
EQUINE COMPARISON 30mins
SCAN & MATCH 30mins
DONKEY GROOMING 30mins
DONKEY HEALTH 30mins
TREASURE HUNT 30mins
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Q: IS THE DONKEY SANCTUARY SUITABLE FOR WHEELCHAIRS?
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS ON THE DAY OF THE VISIT?
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As well as donkeys, the Sanctuary is also home to a large number of horses and ponies who are often to be found in the Top Field. Get up close and personal with the walkways!
Most of the donkeys at the Sanctuary will be found eating and playing in the two main fields either side of the driveway. Get up close and personal with the walkways leading right through the centre of the fields. Take time to observe these fascinating animals and read all about their backgrounds on the interpretation boards along the route.
Large FREE car park available on-site. Coaches can be accommodated by prior arrangement.
This area contains the donkeys which are currently available to sponsor. If your class or group has sponsored a donkey, come and meet him or her (or them!) here!
There's plenty of space to eat a packed lunch at the Sanctuary. A cafe is available, serving drinks, snacks and ice cream.
The donkeys are kept in the barns overnight and in prolonged periods of bad weather. Unlike horses, donkeys do not have 'waterproof' fur so they need to be kept dry when it rains a lot!
There are two 'sand paddocks' - without grass. One is for donkeys who cannot stand out on grass due to hoof problems, and the other is for visitors to walk with some of the more docile donkeys!
Dillon's Cafe serves a range of drinks, snacks and ice cream. It also sells a range of good value donkey-related souvenirs and gifts, many at pocket-money prices.
By prior arrangement, Dillon's Barn will be converted to a classroom for your use - complete with hay bales for chairs!