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Monkey World, Wareham
(4.5/5 based on 3,600+ reviews on the web)
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. Put Monkey World and other Wareham attractions into our Wareham vacation builder, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Monkey world is by far the best place to make you smile! It has such a great atomnosphere and it is brilliant too see the monkeys out playing and being themselves. The monkey enclosures are huge and h...  more »
  • The Ape Rescue Centre does what it says on the tin. We spent all day there pleased to see the primates having a good life after all their suffering. 
  • After watching the TV show for years we were keen to visit. It's amazing here. Lots to see and do. The monkeys are just well staggering. The food and facilities are all really good and value for money...  more »
  • Fantastic day out. Even though it was raining quite heavily when we arrived & a lot of the monkeys were sheltering we could still see most of them. When the rain eased off a bit they all started venturing out, much to the delight of our 3 children. We bought food there. Fairly reasonable, but not enough shelteted seating to eat it. Thankfully the weather brightened up after lunch. There's quite a lot of info near each enclosure on each species. The monkeys are lovely & great to watch, as are the lemurs (our son's favourites). There's the opportunity to sponsor the animals too. The gift shop has lots for sale...some items are quite dear, others more reasonable, but you can understand why some prices are expensive as the cost of upkeep & maintaining standards must be very high. There are also some good play areas for children within the centre. Would recommend a visit.
  • We spent 2 wonderful days at Monkey World and couldn`t get enough of it all. What wonderful work Alison and Jeremy and the keepers do and what a legacy for Jim and Charlie. Met Jeremy on his rounds and got a photo with him, he has time for everybody. We will certainly visit again next year, it is a shame we live so far away.The animals look so well and their coats were gleaming. Got a surprise when we saw Gordon who is just a baby in the series on TV and what a big boy he is now !! Food outlets were busy but excellent and not a rip off. Medals all round.
  • Interesting variety of apes, monkeys and lemurs. It was nice while the sun shone. Not a place for a rainy day. Primates like to stay indoors when it's cold so you are probably better off visiting during warmer months.
  • Great day out. We were learning about the monkeys from the talks around the park and from the signs near the enclosures. We arrived about 11am and the car park was quite busy. Plenty of spaces available though. We queued for our tickets ( which, even though there were lots of people, the queues went through fairly quickly) and headed into the park following the map we were given. If it is busy you will have to wait to get a good spot to see the monkeys but it is worth it! Food isn't too expensive,probably what you'd expect from a tourist attraction. We had a baguette and a hot dog and it was around £3.50 each. Seating was limited however. Great day out and all the children were loving it.
  • Fantastic day out. Amazing to have a chimpanzee so close to me. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Restaurant and toilets kept clean. Can't wait to go back. Highly recommend.