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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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  • We visited so my kids could see the monkeys a friend adopted for them. We all had an amazing day and especially loved watching the chimpanzees. The only thing that let the place down was the quality o...  more »
  • Monkey World is the best animal sanctuary I have ever visited. It is so lovely to read about how the different animals were rescued and brought to Monkey World, to see the fabulous enclosures, so clev...  more »
  • It’s a good thing we could look into the bedding enclosures because the dreary weather meant nobody wanted to come out! I thought it was a good day out and probably would be an even better day on the ...  more »

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