Kids day out in Monkey WorldTagged as outdoor, zoo
DORSET BH20 6HH.
Tel: +44 (0) 1929 462537
About Monkey World
Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65
acres of sanctuary for over 240 primates. Monkey World was set up in
1987 by Jim Cronin to provide abused Spanish beach chimps with a
permanent, stable home. Today Monkey World works in conjunction with
foreign governments from all over the world to stop the illegal
smuggling of apes out of Africa and Asia. At the park visitors can see
more than 240 primates of 15 different species.
There are currently 60 chimpanzees at Monkey World, which makes it the largest group outside Africa. Monkey World has rescued chimps from Spain, Greece, France, England, Austria, The Netherlands, Israel, Cyprus, Dubai, Mexico and Taiwan where they were being used and/or abused in laboratories, as exotic pets, as photographer’s props, or as circus animals. Their exact histories vary, but the majority of them share part of the same story. Born in Africa chimps are taken from their family groups as youngsters. Poaching expeditions for bush meat and the capture of young animals results in the slaughter of adults as they try and defend their babies and extended family. It is estimated that the removal of one infant will result in the death of up to ten other chimpanzees. The young animals are smuggled out of Africa and then sold illegally abroad.