The Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is a 65 acre ape and monkey sanctuary and rescue centre near Wool, Dorset.
For the month of January 2018, they are offering half price entry for locals, meaning that a family ticket costs £19 instead of £38 and is a real bargain.
After suffering with the dreaded lurgy over the Christmas and New year break we have been itching to get outside for some much-needed fresh air and decided to head over to Monkey World to take advantage of this offer.
We had been concerned that the weather was so cold that the residents would be hiding away inside, but we needn’t have worried and were greeted by the Gibbons who were swinging around their pen, chasing one another and another two that were content to watch the world go by.
Monkey World assists governments around the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild and gives loving homes to the refugees of this illegal trade, as well as those that have suffered abuse or neglect are rehabilitated into natural living groups.
During our visit there was plenty of time to learn all about the amazing work that Monkey World does and attend keeper talks to discover more about the animals they look after.
There are 3 groups of orang-utans at the park, including 2 different species: Bornean and Sumatran.
Monkey World is home to Europe’s only Orang-utan Creche, and also successfully breeds Bornean orang-utans as part of the European Endangered Species Programme and boy are the babies not only super cute, but full of fun and boisterous too.
There are five different species of gibbon to see and Monkey World is probably most famous for being home to the largest group of chimpanzees outside of Africa, living in 4 different social groups. We did chuckle that some seemed to embrace the chilly weather whilst others were content to hug the radiators.
There are also 11 species of monkeys and prosimians at the park including: capuchin monkeys, common marmosets, Geoffroys marmosets, cotton-top tamarins, patas monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, white-faced saki monkeys, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys, stump-tailed macaques and woolly monkeys.
Of course, there is also the chance to just release our own inner monkey’s on their fabulous play equipment.
There are three play areas to enjoy which feature climbing equipment, swings, roundabouts and spring toys which suit kids of all ages.
They are all spread nicely through the centre so the kids can enjoy watching the monkey’s and then copy some of their moves themselves.
Monkey World is a fabulous day out for kids and adults alike in all seasons and whilst it was on the chilly side, most of the residents were happy to see us and enjoying the fresh air.
Monkey World is easy to find, situated on the A31 Between Bere Regis and Wool in Dorset.
Keep an eye on the website for entry offers as they often have them, especially during school holidays and out of season.