Monkey World is currently closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The following statement was issued on 17th March:
To protect our rescued monkeys and apes and our dedicated team at the park during the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are taking steps to limit potential exposure of our primates in every way we can.
As you are aware, the safety and wellbeing of our rescued monkeys and apes is, and always will be, our first priority.
To this end, we have taken the decision to close the park to the public, effective from 5pm today, Tuesday 17th March 2020. All scheduled Monkey World events, guided tours and bookings are cancelled until further notice. Our office staff will be in contact with anyone who had a booking of this nature.
We will also not be in a position to accept any donations of blankets, towels, socks, bottles or other second-hand items for enrichment until further notice.
Whilst we apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, we hope you understand that the welfare, health and well-being of our rescued and endangered primates is of the upmost importance to us and this of course also includes reducing the contact risk to our Primate Care Staff and the rest of our team at the park.
At present all our monkeys and apes seem fine but we are moving ahead with enhanced quarantine procedures in order to try and prevent the spread of the coronavirus throughout the park. Very little is known about how this virus will affect our non-human primates so we are doing everything we can to protect them.
We will keep you updated as to how everyone is and hope that you will continue to support our primate rescue and rehabilitation work through our Amazon Wish List or by donating fruit and vegetables through supermarket delivery services.
Your support and understanding means the world to us. We wish you and your families the very best during this difficult time and will keep you in touch with our family.
Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre is home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates, including Europe’s only orangutan crèche. Visitors can see infants Mimi, Bulu Mata, and Rieke playing and growing up together with their foster family, at the purpose built crèche in the 65 acre park.
Opened in 1987 to provide abused Spanish beach chimpanzees with a permanent home, Monkey World is now a sanctuary for primates from all over the world and some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species. Here you can see them enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe, natural environment.
Combining fun with conservation and animal education, half-hourly talks by the dedicated Primate Care Staff explain all about man’s closest living relative. They love to share their knowledge of all the individuals in their care, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions when the talk is over. Pre-bookable guided tours are also available.
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. Once you’ve seen the stars of TV’s Monkey Life, your little monkeys can let off some steam in the Great Ape Play Area, the south’s largest adventure playground.
You can support Monkey World in continuing their rescue and rehabilitation work by taking part in the Adopt a Primate Scheme. Prices start from £25 for the year and include a photograph, certificate, three editions of the Ape Rescue Chronicle and free entry to the park for a year! All funds from adoptions are used solely for the rescue & rehabilitation of primates in need around the world.
Mobility scooters are available to hire with just a £10 refundable deposit for visitors with mobility problems.
Monkey World also provides a range of sensory statues, wheelchair swings and printed keeper talks to ensure everyone is able to enjoy their day at the park.
Monkey World is just minutes from the A31 near Wool, and is open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am to 5pm (July and August 10am to 6pm). Last admission is 1 hour before closing.