Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Wareham, Dorset

Home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates, this sanctuary lets you get up close and personal with all kinds of monkeys, gorillas and apes.

Established in 1987, the centre helps monkeys and apes from all over the world get a new start in life, after being rescued from labs, the entertainment industry, the pet trade or the clutches of smugglers.

Spread out spaciously across this 65-acre sanctuary, you’ll find primates in all shapes and sizes – from golden-cheeked gibbons and orangutans, to ring-tailed lemurs and chimpanzees. With over 250 residents across more than 20 different species, Monkey World is the largest rescue centre of its kind in the world.

Why not load up the picnic hamper, and head down here with your own little troop? After spending the morning strolling the grounds, watching the likes of Peggy the chimp monkeying about with her friends, you could tuck into an alfresco feast or let your little ones run wild on the three on-site adventure playgrounds.

Monkey World is expected to reopen soon, although there is no set date - please check the website below for more information and details.

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Gordon, Orangtun of Monkey WorldGordon, Orangtun of Monkey World © Monkey World

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