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Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre assists foreign governments to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild and at the Centre rehabilitates the refugees of this trade and any primates who have suffered abuse.
Located in LONGTHORNS, WAREHAM, DORSET BH20 6

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      22.09.2012 12:48
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      Highly reccomended

      I visited monkey world in September 2012 with my partner and our parents. It was one of the more expensive activities that we did on holiday but the money is all spent on looking after the monkeys, most of which have been rescued from being poorly looked after pets, laboratory testing animals or were used by their owners to make money (e.g paraded up and down beaches). My mum is disabled and on entry to the park there are scooters that can be borrowed for a £10 returnable deposit (plus some identification). It is a long walk round the site so this i a very good idea for anyone with mobility difficulties. It was a lovely day when we visited and I would recommend visiting on a dry day because it is uncovered walking around the grounds. There are some covered viewing areas though. The monkeys are in authentic surroundings so off course sometimes they're off doing their own thing but I did feel that the park had managed to get a very good balance between giving the monkeys an excellent life and enabling the public to learn more and see these wonderful animals up close. There's bound to be a monkey doing something daft and making you laugh when you visit! The monkeys are clearly extremely well looked after. They have lots of space and lots of things to keep them busy and happy. It is very touching to read the stories of where they have come from and to see how happy they are now. I had never actually seen the series 'Monkey Life' but have since watched it. This was filmed at mnkey world and is a documentary following different events including showing animals being rescued from their previous living situations. I would recommend seeing the show before or after your visit. The local area is also beautiful so I recommend seeing more of the local area, in particular Arne nature reserve and Corfe Castle

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        13.01.2011 12:03

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        A magical day out for all the family

        Monkey world is a wildlife centre for monkeys set in Wool, Dorset in the heart of the countryside. The centre has been running for years and it is highly acclaimed for caring for both sick, injured and abandoned monkey's from around the world. The centre is priced at a reasonable rate with single prices starting from £6.50 - £10.50. There do obviously however have discounts for groups, families, OAPs and students. It is a great day out for a reasonable price and you can eat on site also, but there are plenty of areas to have picnics and enjoy watching the monkey's. The park is open from September to June with the following times 10am - 5pm and then July to August 10am - 6pm. The summer is not always the best time to go, obviously it is lovely to walk around in the sunshine and enjoy ice cream, but the best time I have spent at monkey world is when I went in the depth of the winter and is was so quiet the monkey's were completly basing the focus on us and we had so much fun and laughter simply watching them put on shows, running around, enjoying one anothers company and being able to see each and every monkey, whereas this can sometimes be very difficult in the summer when it is so incredibly packed you can miss you on alot. The park is a rescue centre and hence the monkey's and chimps there have been rescued and some are within the medical units which although can be upsetting to read about is absolutely endeering and beautiful to watch as they are happy and they know how they are being treated with respect and care and this is very evident throughout. The park hosts a huge adventure playground which is alot of fun for both children and adult alike as well as well as the large picnic area. Overall this rescue centre is w onderful day out for the family and I have been many times and never fail to want to go back year after year. A supreb park caring for primates and doing their job with exquisite notion.

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        06.11.2010 09:53
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        A very worthwhile attraction

        During our recent trip to Dorset and following a trip to the Tank Museum at Bovington Camp we headed the 1-mile along the road to visit the Monkey World Ape rescue centre. We had previously visited it earlier this year but it was a nice day and it seemed like a nice way to spend the afternoon. Location Monkey World is located about a mile away from the army base at Bovington near to the small Dorset town of Wool. It is clearly signposted from all of the nearby towns and for the most part you are advised to follow signs for the Tank Museum. There is a large car park with room for a lot of cars and also an area for busses to park. This is all completely free. Given the number of visitors that could be expected at Monkey World during the holiday seasons the management of the park have clearly though of this and created a staffed parking area that is adequately sized for the number of visitors they will be expecting. We previously visited Monkey World on Easter weekend when it was a lot busier than our latest visit but we didn't struggle for parking on either visit. Cost Given the increase in costs to visit many of Britain's top tourist attractions in recent years it was no real surprise that an adult ticket at Monkey World came to £10.75 each. Of course given the nature of the park you really don't mind paying it, especially when you know the money is contributing toward looking after the animals and providing them with a safe and enjoyable environment that was sadly lacking for them in the wild. Having said that I was a little surprised that a child's ticket would cost £7.50 as I had expected it to perhaps be a little cheaper. There is the option of a family ticket (2 adults + 2 children), which cost £33 giving you a saving of £3.50 and a Single parent ticket (1 adult + 2 children), which comes to £2.75. Given the costs involved in running something like this then the entrance fee seems worthwhile given the good work that Monkey World do. Opening Times The museum is open 364 days of the year with the only closures being Christmas Day. For the remainder of the year Monkey World is open from 10 am till 5pm and in the summer this is extended in July and august by another hour. Monkey World Due to the excellent work that Monkey World do with endangered and rescued primates they now have over 230 Monkeys of varying types on display around the park. Each time we have been they have been expanding it and making it slightly bigger to house a new primate rescued from a lab or from an uncaring owner. The park is well spread out and each enclosure seems to have been well planned in order to give the monkeys within a decent living area. Each of the enclosures comprises of an enclosed sleeping area and a large, well-equipped play area for the inhabitants to enjoy, as is their wish. During our first visit to Monkey World this year it was raining and these indoor sleeping areas meant that even though they weren't out in the enclosure you still got to see something in each enclosure. I found that the size of the enclosures certainly wasn't restricted and provided each of the groups of Monkeys a large area to make them feel a little more at home. It's fair to say that the majority of the inhabitants at Monkey World have been mistreated in some way and the way the centre is set out gives them a chance to enjoy a slightly more normal life as it would be impossible for them to be successfully returned to the wild due to the way they have been kept. Perhaps my favourite enclosure within Monkey World is the Chimpanzees. On both of our visits to the park they seem to have been the more active and as they would be in the wild they have chosen which of Monkey World's 3 s social groups they wish to belong to. They also have a 4th group within the nursery and it is incredibly shocking to read the history of some of these Chimpanzees., the majority of which have been rescued from being photographers props in Southern Spain. Alongside the Chimpazees there are 3 groups of Orang-utans, 5 different species of Gibbon's and a further 7 species of monkeys including Capuchin monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs and wolly monkeys. There is a very good variety at the park and I found each of the enclosures to be incredibly interesting. Throughout the day there are feeding times and talks at each enclosure, which are incredibly interesting and informative. I like the idea of Monkey World and thing the park do a wonderful job with the rescue and rehabilitation of animals that are clearly distressed. Café & Shop Like all attractions of a similar size Monkey World has a decent sized restaurant as well as a couple of take away huts positioned around the site. We stopped off in the main café next to the park entrance for some lunch and although the prices were a little expensive for a baguette, crisps and a drink again we didn't mind paying it as the money all goes back into the park. The food was very nice and although elsewhere we might have objected to paying it we actually didn't mind too much especially given the excellent work the money is used for. The shop next door is filled with a large selection of Monkey related memorabilia from the likes of bookmarks to cuddly toys and books and DVD's to very well crafted and expensive ornaments. The selection within the shop is pretty good and the pricing is pretty similar to shops and attractions that offer similar products. Overall Over the last few years my wife and I have visited a number of animal parks and rescue centres and it would be fair to say that Monkey World is one of the best. The primates within the centre are given a second chance to have a more normal lifestyle than they otherwise would have in private captivity. As the animals come from laboratories and from smuggled private homes they cant really be reintroduced into the wild and Monkey World provides the next best solution. The price may seem a little steep if you haven't visited before but through a combination of the excellent work they do around the world and a very well planned and laid out park I think Monkey World is excellent value for money. It has something for everyone and really does achieve its aim of educating visitors about the different species of monkeys. It will be a day out for all the family that will prove to be enjoyable, educational and perhaps a little upsetting when you consider the treatment these animals have been through. Website www.monkeyworld.org

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          26.05.2010 23:10
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          Monkey world: I am currently on holiday in Lyme Regis, Dorset and my partner absolutely loves monkeys so it seemed a fantastic place to go. It was 32 miles from where we are staying and took about half an hour to get there. We were not overly sure what to expect when we got there but over all we had a pretty good time. What is Monkey World? Well the name Monkey world makes it pretty obvious about what you are going to see. But Monkey world itself is a safe haven for rescued monkeys. It is a 65 acre park set in the heart of the countryside. You can stand in any part of the park and not hear the all too familiar sound of traffic on a busy road. The park is home to over 230 monkeys and was set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin and it works hard to stop illegal smuggling of monkeys from Africa, Asia & South America. What to expect: Well the prices are pretty high. For two adults it cost us £10.75 each to get in. I was not overly impressed by this price, as we have no children a majority of the facilities that were there we did not use. But once you start reading some of the stories about the rescued monkeys you don't mind paying a higher price based on Monkey world's brilliant contribution in regards to rescuing these wonderful animals. The following animals that you can see are Chimpanzee's, Orang-utan's, Woolly monkeys, Squirrel Monkey's, Gibbon's and so many more. I always go to Zoo's and expect the worse, but as soon as I walked into Monkey world I knew it was going to be different. The park is quite vast but not too far for younger children to walk. As the cages are based fairly close together there is always something to capture your attention as you walk through. We walked all the way to the other side of the park in about 45 minutes and decided to take a slow walk back to the exit at the front of the park. There are two massive play areas in the park one is at the front when you walk through the gates and the other is at the very far end of the park. They could quite easily keep your children busy for an hour or so and there are plenty of picnic tables around for you relax at. My opinions on zoo's are that if an animal is breeding then an animal is happy. When we visited the park today (260510) we saw at least 10 babies all of different breeds. They were all in nice big clean pens that had plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables in them. Extras: There are plenty of talks about the animals going on in the park: 12.00noon - hananya's group & nursery chimps 12.30pm - woolley monkeys 1.00pm - templer pavilion chimps 1.30pm orang-utans 2.00pm - the monkeys 2.30pm - gibbons 3.00pm- lemurs You can have a Birthday party at the park which includes a large choice of meals and a party bag for each guest and free rein of the parks facilities. There is also a large gift shop to look around with every souvenir that you could possibly imagine. The prices are quite reasonable and the choices are vast. My only complaint on this is that the staff did not smile or make any effort to talk to you. But they are rushed off their feet. Positives: The park is brilliant on a sunny day there are lots of happy healthy monkeys, large play areas for children, nice clean toilets and eating facilities. The Monkeys are brilliant and their cages are massive. They are all breeding and happy. When we went today they were all sun bathing and relaxing, a far cry from the laboratories that they were living in before. Negatives: Right I know I have said how great this place is but I do have a few niggles and suggestions for improvements. The pathways should be tarmac so that it is easier for buggies to negotiate. It looked like the park was expanding when we visited but I wish that they had done this construction in the winter months when the park would be quieter. We were lucky as it was nice and sunny but if you were unlucky enough to go and it rained, there are not many sheltered areas for you to hide until it passes. It could also do with a few more toilets available. My Opinion: I had a really nice time; we were there for about 2 hours and would have stayed longer if we had children that could enjoy the brilliant play areas. I would advise that you take a picnic with you as the prices for food are expensive. £3.50 for a hotdog just seemed stupid to me, so we stopped at McDonalds' on the way home (about 8 miles from the park). The animals are brilliant well cared for and plenty of reading material to learn about how each of the Monkey's came to live at the park. A brilliant park to visit with plenty for young families to see and do. 4/5 stars.

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          27.04.2010 17:42
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          A fantastic day out for all the family at this primate rescue centre.

          I've visited Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham, Dorset on a number of occasions and absolutely love this part of the Country particularly as my husband was born and brought up in nearby Swanage. Despite living some 200 miles away, we always make an effort to visit Monkey World every year. Monkey World was set up by Jim Cronin and his wife, Dr Alison Cronin in 1987 and is a rescue centre for over 230 primates of 15 different species that have been rescued from around the world. Sadly, Jim passed away on 17 March 2007 and the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund for Primate Conservation and Welfare was set up in his memory. Both Alison and Jim dedicated their lives to saving these primates from the perils of their owners. All of the primates who live at Monkey World have been saved from their horrendous backgrounds as they were abused and/or neglected by their owners, eg removing their teeth in enable to "control" them or drugging them in order for them to be dressed up to be photographed by their owners to sell to tourists. The dedicated highly trained staff at Monkey World work very closely with governments to prevent the smuggling of primates from the wild. The team work with these poor traumatised primates to enable them to lead long and happy lives as most have experienced major psychological problems. Monkey World is not a registered charity so relies heavily on donations in order for it to keep up the good work. Monkey World is located Nr Wareham in Dorset, BH20 6HH and can be contacted on 01929 462537. Its' opening times are 10 am - 5 pm from September to June and 10 am - 6 pm from July to August. There are varied prices dependent on how large your group is, and I will list some below:- Family (2 parents and 2 children) - £33 Single Parent (1 parent and 2 children) - £23 Adult - £10.75 Student - £9.00 (need to provide National Union of Students Card) Child (aged 3 - 15 years) - £7.50 Senior Citizen - £7.50 Disabled - £7.50 Carer - £7.50 Please see Monkey World's website at http://www.monkeyworld.org/monkey-world-centre-information/prices.htm for further pricing. Included in the price of your ticket is a map giving full details of the 65 acre park and the location of the various primates, eating places, children's play area, toilets and shop etc. There is a large gravel car park in front of Monkey World with disabled parking directly in front of the entrance. There is also a nearby grassed overflow car park. The whole of the park is accessible to those with mobility problems and there are a number of wheelchairs and motorised scooters available on production of disabled ID and a £10 refundable deposit. Please note, there is a considerable amount of walking throughout the park. There are many places to eat throughout the site where you can obtain good food that can be eaten either inside or out. Toilets are plentiful and are scattered around the site; some of which are accessible for wheelchair access. Whilst there are a number of areas selling hot and cold drinks, there are plenty of cold drinks machines around the site where you can purchase cans of fizzy drinks or bottled water. Monkey World is a wonderful day out for the whole family and I would recommend you visit on a warm dry day as the majority of the site is outdoors. There is a lovely shop within the grounds where you can purchase keep sakes such as soft toy versions of all the primates, mugs, pencils, fudge and you can even purchase a beautiful hand drawn picture of your favourite primate. I hope the information I have provided has given you an overview of this wonderful rescue centre as I thoroughly enjoy each of my visits. Thank you for reading.

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            27.02.2010 16:39

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            Monkey business-a great family day out!

            This an amazing day out for the family. Monkey World, situated in Longthorns (nr Wareham) is clearly signposted and makes for a whole day out. The role of this centre is to rescue ill treated primates. It is internationally acclaimed and is now home to a vast array of chimpanzees, lemurs, gibbons and an assortment of other monkeys. It is the home of television series Monkey Business too. Upon entering Monkey World visitors can walk around at a leisurely pace and see these animals, each with a different story to tell. There are also regular keeper's talks where visitor's can here more about each species. Children can enjoy two large play areas with a range of climbing and sliding play equipment safe for all ages. There is also a woodland area where you can see rabbits and other creatures. There is a cafe and gift shop with a range of reasonably priced gifts. I like the outdoor picnic facilities throughout the park. It is a great day out, although the main pathway is rather steep-hard work with a pushchair! It is also predominantly an outside attraction.

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            16.02.2010 15:38
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            A great way to spend some quality family time while supporting a good cause

            Monkey World is an Ape Rescue Centre based in Dorset and is a great day out even if you don't have any children! As the name suggests the centre looks after primates who have been rescued from a life of cruelty or neglect and have been brought to the centre from around the world. The centre is not a charity and is funded by attracting visitors and money from donations. One of the ways that the centre is able to raise additional funds is through the primate adoption scheme. I adopted a monkey after my first visit and thought it was really good value. The cost is around £30 for a year and you get an annual pass to visit the centre along with a photo of your monkey, certificate and quarterly news letter. The centre is fairly large and divided into sections for the different primate groups. There is a timetable of interesting keeper talks which run approximately every half an hour. The talks are designed in a way that you can spend the best part of a day there. There are cafe's and ice cream stalls around the park and the hot dogs are amazing! The gift shop is packed with monkey merchandise and I guarantee that no child will leave without one of the really cute cuddly toys. If you haven't been I would recommend it and more information can be found at: www.monkeyworld.org

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            22.06.2009 16:08
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            Worth the money, a great day out for the whole family!

            I recently visited Monkey world with my partner and 2 children aged 11 and 8. Everyone had a brilliant day. Dont be fooled into thinking there wont be a lot there because its just monkeys, you will be kept busy all day. As soon as you get there you are greeted by a play park and picnic area. The park is of a very good size and has all kinds for the kids to do in it including a large climbing frames and swings. There are also go karts here for the children but these do incur an extra charge (I think it was £1.50 or £2 a go). The monkeys and apes are all spaced around the park and they are all in large enclosures with lots to do, all with space both inside and outside. There are pictures of the monkeys alongside the enclosures along with their names and their background which is interesting. There are a number of viewing windows at all the enclosures so you rarely find yourself waiting for ages to have a look. There are a huge variety of species including apes and baboons and the monkeys are often keen to entertain the visitors which the kids love! My niece was kissed through the window by one particular monkey! Once you reach the other side of the park through a short five minute woodland walk you are greeted by more a few more monkeys and then a huge play park and another picnic area. The woodland walk is not suitable for wheelchair users but there is an alternate route. The children were happy to play in the park for nearly two hours as there was so much here including swings, slides, roundabouts and large climbing frames. There is something for children of all ages in this play park and they will be amused for ages. After leaving the play park there are more monkeys including the orangutans and some chimpanzees, there is also a pets corner and some donkeys to add some variety to the day. There is then of course the gift shop which is large and has items at very reasonable prices. Monkey World Ape Rescue Centres try to stop primate smuggling and to resuce monkeys from across the world so I imagine a large proportion of your admission charge is spent on this good cause. Addmission Charges: Adult: £10.50 Child: £7.25 Family of 4: £31.00 Discounts are available for students, senior citizens, disabled and groups. Birthday parties are also available at reasonable prices. Worth the money, great day out.

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              07.06.2009 16:21
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              Good day out

              Monkey World is a 65 acre sanctuary and rehabilitation centre in Dorset that helps primates from all over the world, and re-homes them in their park back into natural living conditions and family groups. Their aim is to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild and stop them ending up as pets, beach photographers props, TV stars, being used for research, or eaten as bush meat - which we were told has even been seen on the menu somewhere in London :( I visited Monkey World on what was the hottest day of the year so far, which probably wasn't the best idea because the majority of the primates wanted to be inside in the shade instead of whooping around their magnificent enclosures like you see on the television series Monkey Business. The park is very big and there is a lot to see, as well as seeing the monkeys there is a nature walk, a petting zoo, various places to eat and a gift shop. There are many different kinds of primates in Monkey World inlcuding Wooly Monkeys, Orangutans, Gibbons and Chimpanzees. They all have custom build enclosures according to what they would experience in the wild. They are fed a special diet according to what they would usually eat, which is scattered around so they are encouraged to forage for their food. Monkey World do not aim to breed from the Chimps in their care because unfortunately there are many more that need rescuing so they try to keep numbers down so they always have space for more, although there have been some little 'accidents'. It was explained to us in a talk that at first they fitted their chimp ladies with the contraceptive implant - but they removed them during their extensive grooming sessions. Then they tried with the coil, but again they managed to remove them somehow?! They have now settled for the contraceptive pill which seems to be working so far! Some of the other more endangered primates, such as the Wooly Monkeys and some species of Gibbon, are part of a breeding programme. The Chimpanzees are split into family groups, like how they would live in the wild. There are 3 groups of chimps at Monkey World - Hananya's Group, Paddy's Group and Butch's Group. It was explained to us that it can sometimes take up to a year from rescuing a chimp to it being fully integrated into a group and family life at the park. The park has good facilities for less able people like life sized statues of the primates for blind or partially sighted people to feel, as well as other facilities such as mobility scooters and wheelchairs. The only part of the park that is inaccessible for wheelchair users is the nature walk, but there are no monkeys to see there. If you are interested in primates, animal rescue or just fancy a day out Monkey World is a good place to go. It costs £10.50 per adult, or there are family tickets for £31.00, but there are various concessions available - check them out on www.monkeyworld.co.uk.

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                14.05.2009 10:43
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                helping disadvantaged monkeys

                We were down in Dorset and found a sign for Monkey World (- it is very near dorchester)... After suggesting to some friends that I was going to visit monkey world I was entirely put off. They suggested to me that it was a horrible place and that the monkeys that lived there were distressed and uncared for. We decided to visit despite their opinions and I was really glad that we did. The monkey enclosures were fantastic, there was plenty of stimulation and play areas for the monkeys, lots of space for them to run around and play. The monkeys had of course had a difficult life up until the point where they were rescued, but monkey world has given them a safe environment to live in. It was a great day, there were some fantastic moments where the monkeys came right up to the windows/cage and played to the audience. Some people may think it cruel that the monkeys are kept here, but they need to remember that these monkeys were not taken from the wild, and most not reared in a zoo environment, but that they were rescued from all over the world, - from photographers, labs that tested on them, or from people attempting to keep them as pets. Go and visit and support them, they are doing a great job. If you live close then why not sponsor a monkey and get free entry for the year.

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                  15.02.2009 11:59
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                  Great day out with opportunity to exercise those brain cells

                  We went to Monkeyworld as a daytrip on a family holiday in Dorset last year. Having seen the park on TV and some of the facilities there we had high expectations and were not disappointed. Getting to Monkeyworld is very easy, its really well signposted and there is plenty of well thought out parking with easy access. There was little queuing to get into the park, even though it was summer holidays, and the cost for the whole family was a little over £30 which is a bargain! Once inside there are lots of activities you can do to engage the kids (in addition to looking at the different primates in their enclosures which if it thats all there was you would be finished in a couple of hours) which meant that this really was a whole day out. The enclosures themselves are absolutely fantastic and there are many different viewing points which means that even when busy you get to see the animals. Its obvious the animal welfare is the top priority here with education being the main focus everywhere rather than gawping. The kids learnt so much during the day and we did too! Facilities such as toilets were really clean and a pleasure to use rather than thinking you need to hose them down before you use them! What was really impressive though was the catering facilities. The various cartering outlets were fairly priced with good quality food but if you didn't want to use these there were LOTS of places to sit down and eat your own food/sandwiches etc and also lots of picnic areas. There was even an adventure playground which was huge and a great place to let the kids go off and let off any excessive steam that you haven't worn out of them. The only negative thing I could say about the centre is the gift shop which was completely full of tat and a complete ripoff with stuff being way overpriced. I guess this is one of the ways they make money for centre but it did leave a slightly sour taste in the mouth and I would rather have paid slightly more in the entrance fee. Overall though a fantastic place for a family for a day out. But only if you get a couple of the activity booklets and do all of the educational stuff with your kids otherwise you'll be a bit bored after a few hours and won't get the full value of this place

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                  28.01.2009 12:11
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                  go for a visit if you're near

                  We are lucky enough to live not too far away from monkey World in Wareham, Dorset. A couple of months before Christmas last year, we decided to take a visit, off season with some friends of ours. Obviously taking the children was the main reason for going, but I have visited on many occasions in the past and love going back to see the monkey's playing and interacting with each other. As well as the fun aspect we feel as though we are doing a little bit to help the cause at the same time. ** Getting There ** Monkey World is situated on the A35 between Wool and Wareham in Dorset. The nearest train station is Wool which can be reached from many big cities and towns. The nearest Motorways if you're driving are the M27 and M3. Once you're there, and it is well signposted from the roads, the car park is very large, yet some of it bumpy over unmade roads and poorly laid out gravel. This is easily overcome, but just remember where you park as the large open space can be disorientating after a day's monkey watching. The car park is free for you to stay as long as you like though. ** Getting In ** I have always found Monkey World to be good value for money, and couple that with the fact that you are contributing to the upkeep and the work of the dedicated staff by paying this then I think you are getting a good day out. A typical adults ticket is £10.50, Children are £7.25 (3 - 15 years). There are many family options you can pay for to reduce the price with two adults and two children coming in at £31. If you're going as a large group there are further payment options as well as school booking which obviously give off a bit of a discount as well. ** The Park ** Inside the park which is almost set out to be walked around in a large circle (if you start in the right direction), there are 14 attractions. These are mainly varieties of monkeys but you can also see a pet corner and a bird area as well. Coupled with the main attractions are always plenty of places to spend your money and these include a restaurant and gift shops, along with ice creams and the adoption centre. We usually aim to spend at least three hours in the park, and this doesn't account for lunch breaks and the large park that they have for the kids to play in. In our experience we have found that if we arrive at the park just before 12pm, we can then find a vacant picnic table almost straight away in the vast areas that are dotted around, and enjoy a nice lunch before we start walking. This not only relieves the weight of the bags we are carrying, but means no-one is nagging us for lunch all the way around. I have always found there to be plenty of bins in the park, and the general areas appear tidy. We often see the staff in with the animals, and if you're lucky enough to time your visits you will see the brief talks and feeding times given by the staff. These times can be very crowded so arrive early or save your viewing for a quieter period. ** Monkeys ** Monkey World has Orang-utans; Woolly monkeys, Marmosets, Capuchins, Gibbons, babies, Chimpanzees, lemurs, squirrel tail monkeys, and stump tail macaques. Each breed of monkey has their own houses and there are also extensive facts about who is living where on each house. You can also learn their names and how old they are, how they came to the park and how they were rescued. The stories provide interesting reading. I find the children get bored with this side of the park, as they just want to look at the monkeys. But I like treading their history, albeit sometimes it's very sad. ** Extras ** A big attraction for Monkey World is their large wooded play area. It's set on a big hill at the back of the park, and has a large central climbing area with lots of little extra swings and slides etc. They provide plenty of wheelchair access slides in this area which I think are a great idea. Be warned that once you get here with the kids you probably won't leave for at least an hour. There is so much for them to do and unless you keep a close watch on them you could easily lose track of them through all the pieces of equipment available. We have learnt that this is the time to find a bench and have a well deserved break whilst the kids play. The Gift shop, like all places is well placed as the exit of the park. The shop isn't very spacious but they do have a large shop. The prices are not that bad compared to other attractions we have visited in the past, but obviously there is a large monkey theme going on in the shop, you have to be prepared to buy a monkey toy or walk on by very quickly. There is a restaurant but I cannot comment on the quality of the food as we don't ever eat in there as we prefer to bring our own picnic. The cost of having a day out with a lot of children can be costly sometimes so we have to have a cut back somewhere. I am pleased to tell you that there are plenty of toilets dotted around. They aren't always the cleanest unfortunately and when we spot this I always go and find a staff member (they must hate me), but there's nothing worse than finding a dirty toilet. The baby change has always been ok, but because there is a toilet in there as well, I have noticed it being used by people without children to change when the queues are long. I don't mind this unless I need to change my daughter and can't due to this reason. ** Opening Times ** Monkey World is open every day except Christmas day between 10am - 5pm. I wouldn't recommend going any later than lunch time as you will be limited on time. Being open all year means you can almost go in most weathers apart from rain. You would miss out on the park with children, but wrapped up, even in colder weathers the park is a nice walk round. I think the adults would appreciate that more than the children though. ** Overall ** We visit Monkey World at least once a year and we will always return. I do find it sad when we go back and learn that a monkey has passed away, but this is a fact of life so to be expected. It's lovely to see new monkeys sitting in houses, being looked after by other primates. As a day out if you're in the vicinity I think it would almost be a crime to miss it. The whole atmosphere of the park makes for a brilliant feel good day out. If you're interested in monkeys as well there is an adoption centre where you can adopt your very own monkey. This isn't something I have done but I think it's a great idea to help the revenue of the park.

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                    07.01.2009 16:12
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                    great for families

                    We went to monkey world in july 2008 having been recommended it by a friend. We managed to find the place ok and parked up in the field next to the entrance. The prices were reasonable for us as in our party was 1 adult, 1 student and 1 oap so managed to get a reduced rate for the student and oap. At first when we entered the site in the morning and started to look around we didnt see a lot happening. However as it got later on the monkeys started to become more active and watching the feeding times were great. There is a good selection of dfferent species of monkeys from the orangutang to the spider monkeys. Word of warning the place is massive to walk round so be prepared to do a bit of walking. However the paths are flat so its easy to push a wheelchair or pushchair round. At the far end of the site is a play area that looked quite large. I think there was a picnic area there too. A good idea is to take a picnic as there is another largeish picnic area near the entrance. Getting into the shop was a struggle as it was packed and there was a large queue to pay. The shop stocks the normal things you would expect such as cudly monkeys, drink bottles with monkeys on etc. Monkey world was a good day out for us and would be great for families with children.

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                    perfect family day out

                    hi i went here with the family a couple of months ago its fantastic and the kids loved it not very expensive and as my husband is disabled they had great disabled facilities so he was able to come around the whole of the place in a disabled buggy the monkeys are soo cute even the tiny babies wanted to bring one home you can also adopt a monkey which is great they send you things once a year i belive photos as well of the monkey you have adpoted its got a lovely picnic area which we sat at and had lunch there is also plenty of car parking they also have a singing monkey he is great fun to watch a very good clean place to go would recommed it to anyone who wants a great family day out worth a trip god bless jim who died recently

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                    08.08.2008 14:40
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                    Well worth a visit

                    Monkey World is a fantastic day out in Wool, Dorset. I have been a regular visitor first going not long after the centre opened when I was young. The park is a rescue centre for primates, from chimps to orang-utans, lemurs to woolly monkeys. Last year one of the parks founders, Jim Cronin died and the park now continues in the safe hands of his wife Alison and close friends in his honour. When the park was opened its overall plan was to rescue any primates who needed their help such as those being used as beach photographer props and the park has successfully saved many of them from awful surroundings where some have been so badly treated that they still bare the mental and physical scars. The park is the subject of the television series' Monkey Business and Monkey Life which have been shown of TV for many years and it is these shows which have helped fund the great work that is undertaken by the whole team at Monkey World. Just this January Monkey World completed their largest rescue mission to date when they saved around 80 Capuchin monkeys from a bio-medical laboratory in Chile. These small monkeys have all now been re-homed at the park and will be allowed to live out their lives in the safety that is Monkey world. There is plenty for the kids to do with a large adventure play park and amusements. Entry cost is around £10.50 for adults and £7.25 for children (family tickets and other prices are available) If you do visit be assured that your entrance fee is going to an amazing cause and be sure to take a trip to the nursery group. There you will find Grown up Chimp Sally, she is a real star, she is adoptive mother to any young chimps who arrive at the Park and to see her care for, and teach the youngsters all they need to know before they move on to the larger ape groups is something that has to be seen to be believe she deserves so much more recognition than she receives. She will even occupy the watching children as she sticks her tongue out at the window and mimics them. She is a true Legend. I have actually adopted a monkey this costs around £30 pounds and allows you free entry to the park and newsletters, and is defiantly worth it. If you are in the area and want to not only have a great day out but do a little for a good cause then Visit Monkey World and witness first hand what people with a dream and a desire to help animals can do.

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