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A wonderful home for rescued primates
Monkey World (Dorset)
Member Name: alyson29
Monkey World (Dorset)
Date: 27/04/10, updated on 26/02/11 (75 review reads)
Advantages: A brilliant day out and to be able to see the chimps in such a happy environment
Disadvantages: Not suitable in wet and/or cold weather
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-inf ormation/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.
Summary: A fantastic day out for all the family at this primate rescue centre.
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