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Monkey World, Wareham

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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 Inpirock to come up with tips and suggestions.
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  • I think what monkey world is about is really great. I give 2 stars because you can hardly see the monkeys. Where it was cold then the sun came out it made the glass all wet so you couldn't see in the ...  more »
  • Always wanted to visit and finally have! We visited on a cold, wet day so I'm guessing it was a quiet day. Saw plenty of monkeys, unfortunately no baby orangutans. All staff we came into contact with ...  more »
  • I don’t really know where to start... queued for 40 mins to get into the car park ( which was a boggy flooded field ). Then waited 35 mins to get through the turnstiles to pay for tickets. The facilit...  more »
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  • Quite peaceful on a Monday morning early October but we were surprised how many children were there with grandparents. Some good viewing areas of monkeys and apes inside and outside. Toilets clean and lots of them. Drinks reasonably priced. We did not eat. Good talks by staff.
  • I went to monkey world because my partner always wanted to go there for a long time. To be honest I didn't think I would enjoy the experience but to my complete surprise I loved it. The best bit for me was the orangutan's, especially the young one. He was a handful for the older ones and played to the crowd, I could have easily watched him for the entire visit. But the rest of the different types of monkey was amazing as they all had a wonderful take on life. I would recommend a visit once in your life to see how much hard work the people who run the place, have put in to give the monkeys a good life. 10 out of 10.
  • I love their mission and the protection of a wide variety of primates. One of the chimpanzees was very stressed while there, which saddened me greatly - which was probably due to some idiot teasing him. It is a very reasonable entrance fee and the good was quite cheap. I'd have just like to have seen more docents or advocates for the animals to educate people.
  • Great day out for a family! My husband and I and our 2 children aged 8 and 9 had a really good day here. We arrived at 11am and left at 5pm (closing) kids had a blast on the fantastic and very big outdoor play area! We took a pic nic and sat and watched the monkeys as we ate, while they sat and watched us eat! The entrance cost was very reasonable for a family of 4. Less than £40! We spent money in the gist shop and didn't mind spending money here anyway as all the money goes into to wonderful care given to the animals here by the incredible staff.
  • A really great day out. The enclosures are excellent and very large. I always have concerns about monkey enclosures and how they are looked after. It is clear that the monkeys/apes come first here. I really like how they have different enclosures linked together with "bridges" they can use to move between them. Food was good and reasonably priced, with good portions.

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