The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall’s Looe has a special place in the heart of Blue Chip Holidays since we adopted one of its residents, the very adorable Amy (pictured above). The sanctuary enjoys a peaceful setting in woodland close to Cornwall’s coastline, and it offers monkeys in need a safe home and makes a lovely day out for visitors of all ages.
There are 36 friendly monkeys at the sanctuary, and you’ll soon find that every one of them has its own personality. There are always experienced keepers around, and they’re always only too happy to chat about the monkeys and tell you all about the rescue work the sanctuary carries out.
Once you’ve greeted the monkeys you can take some time to wander the wildlife gardens, which aren’t only designed to attract visitors of the human variety but also local wildlife. The gardens are divided into the pond, the meadows, the Victorian border and the woodland edge- and each area tells a story through plants and flowers.
The bat cave is a rare chance to get up close to rare lesser horseshoe bats, and these mysterious creatures have lived in this spot for more than 25 years as they love its warmth. The play area enables the grown ups to sit back and admire the views while their own little monkeys enjoy some play time, and the Tree Top cafe serves up local produce every day. Don’t worry if you can’t finish your meal as all food waste is turned into food for the monkeys, so you’ll be helping the sanctuary out!
Oh, and we should probably mention that The Monkey Sanctuary has been awarded a 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, reflecting its fantastic reviews from impressed visitors.