South Coast Wildlife Charity Appeals for Business Support


Based at the Isle of Wight Zoo, The Wildheart Trust is appealing for businesses to support its big cat and exotic animal rescue mission through sponsorship opportunities.

Corporate sponsorship and donations from local business can help the charity secure a long-term future for the zoo and enable it to fulfil its ambitions; to engage and empower people into taking positive action as well as providing a life-long, loving home to rescued big cats and other animal residents.

The Trust is currently seeking support to fit-out new living quarters for its two most recently rescued residents – lion brothers Vigo and Kumba.

While construction firm Willmott Dixon has donated its skills and labour to create the new building, there are still many items needed to turn int into a fully functioning home which is fit for the two lion kings. Businesses wishing to help can choose something specific from a list of special equipment or make general donations that will contribute to ongoing care such as food and veterinary treatment. Items on the list range from a £50 feeding bowl and £200 extractor fan up to a 1,500 communal cat slide and £18,000 annual big cats vet bill.

Caring for all the Trust’s special creatures does not come cheap but it says that with a combination of day visitors to the zoo and corporate sponsors it can continue its priceless work.

In return for their support, company’s gifting £500 or more will receive a package of benefits such as a plaque at the animal’s enclosure and day tickets for staff or clients. There are also bronze, silver and gold corporate membership packages priced at £1,000, £3,000 and £5000 respectively. Each of these has a specially tailored package of benefits and rewards including sponsorship banners at the zoo, certificates, entrance tickets, VIP experiences and inclusion in publicity materials and promotional activities such as social media and PR.

Speaking about the importance of business donations, The Wildheart Trust’s CEO Veronica Chrisp said: “Corporate donations and sponsorship are great ways for local businesses to get involved with our cause and embrace the spirit of social responsibility. From a one-person business taking on a sponsored challenge to raise money all the way up to a large firm taking a Gold sponsorship package, every penny counts. We are incredibly grateful for any generous gifts we receive and work hard to make sure the money makes a real difference to our cause.”

Anyone wishing to find out more about the lions’ wish list for their new home or the corporate sponsorship packages can call the zoo on 01983 403883. Alternatively, email: [email protected]