A Winter Visit to Monkey World

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.

Monkey World

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

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.

Monkey World

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.

Monkey World

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.

Monkey World

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.

Monkey World

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.

Monkey World

Of course, there is also the chance to just release our own inner monkey’s on their fabulous play equipment.

Monkey World

There are three play areas to enjoy which feature climbing equipment, swings, roundabouts and spring toys which suit kids of all ages.

Monkey World

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

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

Monkey World is easy to find, situated on the A31 Between Bere Regis and Wool in Dorset.

Monkey World

Keep an eye on the website for entry offers as they often have them, especially during school holidays and out of season.

Country Kids
 

20 thoughts on “A Winter Visit to Monkey World

  1. All the monkey’s are so unbelievably cute. I always feel they’re up to mischief (which, if you’ve ever done a drive through monkey enclosure then you probably already know that they are).

    C x

  2. That photo of a monkey hugging a radiator made me giggle. That was me this morning! And will be me in a while. It’s been so cold! Wish we had a monkey sanctuary nearby, but then again Dorset is doable from Cornwall 😉 I think it’s worth a drive!

  3. A bargain day out for £19 and the monkeys look adorable. Such a good idea to let locals come on the cheap, you remind me that the Eden Project do the same for us so I must look up the dates before I miss out! I’ve loved seeing your Monkey world photos in Instagram this week, great to see them all come together here.

    Thank you for joining me for #CountryKids

  4. What an adorable place to visit. I love that this isn’t just a showcase, but a sanctuary, and a safe home for the animals. It is the kind if place I would take our family should we not be at the other end of the country. Great that you were able to take advantage of the offer.

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