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Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre
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Nr Wareham

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Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre, Longthorns,
Nr Wareham
Dorset, BH20 6HH
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Monkey World is the largest primate rescue centre in the world!

Monkey World, the internationally-acclaimed rescue centre, opened in 1987 to provide a home for nine abused Spanish beach chimpanzees. Now, it is home to over 250 primates of more than 20 different species, including Europe’s only orang-utan nursery!. Many have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions, or experienced unbelievable cruelty. At Monkey World, they can all enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment, and some are even part of international breeding programmes for endangered species. 
Combining fun with conservation, half-hourly keeper talks at the park explain all about man’s closest living relative. Visitors can see the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’, then ‘monkey around’ in the south’s largest Great Ape play area. There are several food outlets available at the park, or visitors are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy lunch in the beautiful surroundings.

Accessibility Information

The team at Monkey World are dedicated to making sure that every one of our guests has a memorable experience with us and have an enjoyable time. Mobility scooters are available to hire with just a £10 refundable cash deposit and there are a number of benches located at intervals along the path which guests are welcome to use, there is no rush when enjoying Monkey World, you are welcome to go at your own pace around all our exhibits. Access to the entrance is level and the large car park features designated disabled parking bays for Blue Badge holders which is located to the right of the entrance gate. Parking is free for all our guests.

To make sure everyone enjoys their day at Monkey World, a range of sensory statues can be found around the park to provide a more immersive experience when at the various exhibitions, the talks provided by keepers are also available in a printed format, so be sure to ask if you would like one.

There are cafés serving a selection of hot and cold food and drink, or you can bring along a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful woodland setting. There are two blocks of disabled access toilets, and the First Aid Hut is also suitable for adults who need additional changing areas. All of our eateries are able to cater for visitors with special dietary requirements, in addition to the children’s menu, there are also gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, nut free, vegan and vegetarian options.

Once you’ve seen the stars of TV’s Monkey Life and explored the various exhibits teaching you about a range of primates, your own little monkeys can let off some steam in the Great Ape Play Area, the south’s largest adventure playground. The play area has a number of wheelchair swings installed to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy their day at the park.

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