Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre works with governments worldwide to help prevent the smuggling of wild primates, and it’s home to 240 rescued and endangered monkeys making it one of Dorset’s most heart-warming days out. The centre opens every day of the year (except for Christmas Day) and the chimpanzees, orang-utans, gibbons and monkeys are always happy to see new faces.
The rescue centre has saved some of the world’s most neglected monkeys from countries across the globe and enabled them to live a contented life in a natural environment. It’s been the subject of more than its share of documentaries over the years, with the most recent being Monkey Life which was filmed for Discovery Networks International in 2013.
Visitors are welcome to take their time and watch the monkeys during their visit, but if you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing or you’d like to hear the stories as you meet the monkeys book one of the guided tours operated by the centre’s Education Officers. They’ll take your group on a private tour of the grounds which will last for an hour and 15 minutes, just contact Monkey World in advance to book your slot.
This may sound a little strange but if you want to take a gift for the monkeys the centre is appealing for clean linen and blankets. The residents love to snuggle in towels and linen (well who doesn’t?) so if you have any washed items that you no longer need they’d be very grateful for your donations. Please don’t take them crocheted or stuffed linen or blankets as it can harm them.