My visit to the Seaview Wildlife Encounter



I hope all is well and you've had a great week.

Over the Easter break not only was I lucky enough to go abroad to Cyprus but I spent a few days back home visiting Mum and Dad on the Isle of Wight. I'm very passionate about the Island (I talk about it so often on air!)  I spent nearly all of my summer holidays there as a child and was thrilled when Mum and Dad announced we were moving there when I was a teenager. It's also where my career began at the local radio station…funnily enough…called Isle of Wight Radio!

There are so many wonderful places to visit.  One of my favourites is the Seaview Wildlife Encounter. You'll have a brilliant time as there are so many wonderful animals to see in the most beautiful setting. It's family run and I've got to know them pretty well over the years, their dedication, passion and care of the animals is evident.

Here are some of the characters I met when I popped in. 

Baby penguin Wallaby Parrot Flamingos Otters Penguin Goat


The baby penguin is just out of this world! Barely sitting in the palm of a hand! This baby Humboldt penguin hatched on 3rd April. Ideally they like to leave the penguin chicks with their parents but historically this is not successful with this species. The adult birds tend to be over-zealous parents, often resulting in the chicks being sat on and either squashed or suffocated.

Because Humboldt penguins are endangered (there's only an estimated 10,000 remaining in the wild) the Animal Care team at the Park often have to intervene and hand-rear the chicks in order to improve their chances of survival.  This involves keeping the chicks warm in a 'Brooder' and syringe-feeding them liquidised sprats with added saline, multi-vitamins and calcium four times a day. They also weigh the chicks daily to ensure they are fed 10% of their bodyweight at each feed.

I also met Willaby the albino Wallaby. What a fabulous character! Then I saw parrots, flamingos otters and so many more…I could have taken endless photos!  Here's a link to their website where you can learn more about the wonderful animals and what they do there.

I plan to spend more time on the Isle of Wight over the up and coming months…if you head over there you'll have a brilliant time. Great walks, beautiful beaches, wonderful attractions and lovely people – especially my Mum and Dad!

Take care and see you soon


PS. I'll see you with Dresses by Tiana B on Saturday 1st May at midday and Ojon on Sunday 2nd May at 1pm… Bye!

1 Comment

  1. Sue May 15, 2010 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    Reading this has really put a smile on my face – because it’s one of my favourite places to visit as well!
    The first time I went to the Isle of Wight was 23 years ago & we stayed in Seaview, virtually next door to the Wildlife Encounter (it was called Flamingo Park back then though). I’ve been back to the Isle of Wight many times since then and always try to go to Seaview.
    I also love the Isle of Wight Zoo in Sandown, probably because tigers are my favourite animals!

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