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Monkey World, Wareham

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Wildlife Area · Nature / Park
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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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  • Easy access, plenty of on site parking. All areas cleaned regularly, even outdoor picnic areas. Very informative about the primates staff extremely knowledgeable and always welcoming and happy to... 
    Easy access, plenty of on site parking. All areas cleaned regularly, even outdoor picnic areas. Very informative about the primates staff extremely knowledgeable and always welcoming and happy to...  more »
  • Ive supported and visited monkey world for quite a few years now and the work they do is outstanding. A lot of people think of it as a “zoo” and don’t appreciate that these primates are all rescues... 
    Ive supported and visited monkey world for quite a few years now and the work they do is outstanding. A lot of people think of it as a “zoo” and don’t appreciate that these primates are all rescues...  more »
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  • I haven’t visited monkey world since I was little but it was as good as I remember! So many cute monkeys and the enclosures are big and have lots of viewing areas so you get to see the monkeys wherever they are! Clean and tidy also. However the cafe/kiosk staff weren’t very keen to help!
  • Having watched a couple of the TV shows, found this place different. Much better!. Layout is very well done and as natural as possible with the foliage, trees and plants. Easy to identify as a rescue centre as opposed to a manicured garden zoo. Just please take with you any clean unwanted sheets and towels etc. Fab to watch the orangs in particular 'wearing' the towels. Such a lovely place, on fact so lovely spent 4 hrs on Sat and then another 4 hrs on the Monday. We'll worth a trip, and we'll worth sponsoring / adopting a primate. Also read on a notice that they need plants. Next time I go I will take bedding, towels and some plants. They do need donations of plants but only specific ones. Thoroughly recommend the Park. Staff are committed and that is evident from watching them. If you time it right you can see the chimps with their broccoli. The staff put it on top of their enclosure so they need their hands to get it through the bars! Had lots of happy hours there.

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