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Monkey World (Dorset)
Member Name: jessy2010
Monkey World (Dorset)
Advantages: The park is just fantastic
Disadvantages: Only a few niggles
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.
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
2.00pm - the monkeys
2.30pm - gibbons
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.
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.
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.
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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