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Monkey World, Wareham

#1 of 50 in Wildlife in Dorset
Nature / Park · Wildlife Area
A sprawling, 26.3 hectares (65 acres) complex, Monkey World serves both as a tourist attraction and as a refuge for mistreated primates brought to the center from all over the world. The sanctuary originally opened in 1987 to create a home for chimpanzees, but later expanded its operations to its current scale. In 2008, the operation pulled off one of the world’s biggest rescue missions by providing refuge for 88 Chilean capuchin monkeys. Make your way around the various exhibits to view 13 different primate species. Learn more about a particular species by sitting in for one of the refuge's daily talks--check the website for a schedule. If you have at least five people in your group, you can arrange a guided tour, which lasts approximately 75 minutes. Plan my Wareham trip by asking Inspirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • A fantastic place to visit for everyone. Lots to see and do. Loved the fact that everyone safely is taken seriously as well as the monkeys and apes. A must visit.  more »
  • My wife and I come here every year whilst camping locally. The place is just magical, it’s sad to think where some of these animals have come from but heart warming to think where they are now. Will.....  more »
  • Amazing place perfect for adults and children to visit and enjoy. Monkey World is a place for rescued and adopted monkeys from all around the world and offers them living space and large enclosures to enjoy and play in. This is a large place with a lot of viewing places to watch the monkeys in their habits. There are also a number of information boards throughout the site which offer very useful information and there are talks during the day. The site is well kept and the staff are helpful and friendly. A gift shop offers some good things and there is a Cafe for food and drinks. I can highly recommend visiting here, an absolute delight, will be returning again once open.
  • A sanctuary for mistreated primates of this size with a myriad of apes and monkeys all living happily with others of their kind, what could be better. Such sad lives turned around to a world of space, natural surroundings and no fears, experiments or bad conditions with ample space between the paths and the enclosures made us lucky to walk around such an amazing place. Sure the chimpanzees weren't 247 like on the telly but this place was amazing, a great day.

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