The Isle of Wight Reptilarium Project

by Neil Reed in Newport, England, United Kingdom

The Isle of Wight Reptilarium Project
We did it
On 31st January 2017 we successfully raised £475 with 30 supporters in 28 days

Help the Reptilarium create training opportunities and future conservation champions! educate, entertain and inspire via herpetology!

by Neil Reed in Newport, England, United Kingdom

The Isle of Wight Reptilarium is a proposed all weather tourist attraction based on the Isle of Wight, Situated at the site of the old Marine Aquarium at Fort Victoria Country Park, Freshwater, 

Our exhibit of reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates of the world will be in naturalistic themed displays that explore the biomes these animals inhabit,  we want to educate the public to the threats these animals face in the wild as well as our native herpetofauna that can be found on our doorstep in the adjacent country park.

We are going to be a small indoor, chargeable exhibit, that will  take around 1.5 hours to explore (if you look at all the animals), we aim to have live Reptiles, Amphibians and invertebrates on display to educate and inspire our visitors,  

We really want to help the future generations and currently there is a shortage of suitable work experience placements on the Island for students looking to study Animal Care, we would like to provide much needed placements as well as traineeships and apprenticeships in conjunction with Island Training providers so we can inspire and enthuse the next generations of conservationists and animal care professionals, giving them basic work and animal care skills they can carry forward onto greater things. 

We also would like to incorporate a Sanctuary for unwanted freshwater turtles that have been aquired as pets but now grown too large to be housed correctly at home, 

The Project so far...

The Reptilarium is being backed by individuals with over a decade of business experience on the Island in the pet reptile industry and we have just signed a 25 year lease on the building, it needs new exhibits installed and zoo licence inspecton and we are hoping to have the doors open in time for Easter 2017!!

We are asking for your help to get us along the way with some of our costs, in the interests of transparancey we have highlighted some of our costs below to give you an idea, 

Legal Fees £500, Licencing applications £1500, Electricity £7000 P/a, Exhibits £5000, Food costs £3000, cost to hire an apprentice £5000, Premises £8000.

We are trying to raise funds via crowdfunding to get ourselves off to a great start, if you pledge funds and choose one of our rewards you will be getting value for your money and helping a local business at the same time, as an extra thank you.. everyone that pledges will be added to our list of donors on our website.  

Any funds given will be greatly received and put to use to give us a good head start, enabling us to create something special by using the power of the community!

As a thank you for showing us support we have a range of rewards,  ranging from a free visit all the way up to sponsoring an apprentices wages for the year! 

Thank you for taking the time to support our idea and we look forward to welcoming you to the Isle of Wight Reptilarium!


 Crowdfunding standard disclaimer: we will make our best effort to provide the reward but delivery is not guaranteed in the event of project failure. 










This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Home Educators term time visit - Admission for one adult and one home educated child (saving of £2.50) Not valid during school holidays or weekends,

£5 or more

3 of 100 claimed

£5 Reward

Free Visit- ticket for one adult visitor

£15 or more

11 of 60 claimed

£15 Reward

Family Visit (2 Adults & 2 x Children) plus as an extra bonus we will include a pack of Reptile top trumps playing cards worth £4.99 as an extra thank you!

£200 or more

0 of 300 claimed

£200 Reward

Private Evening viewing! come for a guided after hours visit to the reptilarium and bring up to 20 of your friends for a 2 hour visit.

£300 or more

0 of 50 claimed

£300 Reward

VIP evening visit, up to 5 people in a group can come along for a 2 hour out of hours visit for a personal guided visit and handling opportunities.

£1,000 or more

0 of 4 claimed

£1,000 Reward

Corporate sponsorship available! sponsor one of our arches i.e a bank of themed displays all relating to one biome, have your company name associated with one of our exhibits,

£5,000 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£5,000 Reward

Sponsor an apprentice! £5000 pays an apprentices wage for a year allowing them to train in animal care, if you want to sponsor an apprentice we will heavily advertise your company regarding the placement (name on uniform, facebook shout outs everytime apprentice appears on facebook, info about your company in the attraction).

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