Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH

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Opening Times

Monkey World is open from 10am to 5pm every day, or until 6pm during July and August.

Last admission 1 hour before closing.

Admission Prices

Adult

£11.25

Student (NUS card required)

£9.70

Child (3 - 15)

£8.00

Senior Citizen

£8.00

Disabled / Carer (each)

£8.00

Family ticket (2 + 2)

£35.00

Single parent family (1 + 2)

£25.00

Group rates also available; see zoo's website for details.

Description

Monkey World is set amidst 65 acres of woodland in Dorset and is sanctuary for over 150 primates of 15 different species. Monkey World was originally set up in 1987 to provide a home for abused Spanish beach chimps and now Monkey World works with foreign governments all over the world to stop the illegal smuggling of apes out of Africa and Asia.

Monkey World rehabilitates the chimps into large social groups which at the moment total 4 with the largest group numbering 22. Each group's enclosure is at least 1 hectare.

Latest News

These are the latest news reports from Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre; see the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre News Archive for all reports, or visit the official website for the very latest news.

Arrival: October 2011

Two Marmosets, a 6-month-old female and a 2-year-old male, have arrived, having been seized from a private flat in Plymouth by the RSPCA.

Official Website

www.monkeyworld.org

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Facilities

Car Park

Free

Eating

Café, kiosk and picnic areas.

For Kids

Baby chancing facilities, adventure play area, climbing area, pets corner, amusements.

Special Needs

Disabled toilets, wheelchair swings, guide dogs allowed (except walk-through Lemur enclosure)

All of Monkey World is accessible for disabled visitors except for the woodland walk, where there are no primate enclosures.

A limited number of motorised scooters and manual wheelchairs are available, for a refundable deposit.

Restrictions

No dogs allowed in the park (except guide dogs).

Attractions

Animal Collections

Mammals, Birds

Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.

Star Animals

Orangutans, chimpanzees, lemurs, marmosets, gibbons, donkeys and many, many more.

Special Attractions

Nursery, Templer Pavilion.

Other Attractions

Woodland walk, viewing tower, gift shop

How To Get There:

By Car

From Southampton:

Take the M27, then A31 west through Ringwood and on towards Poole and Dorchester. On the outskirts of Ferndown, turn left onto the A348 towards Poole. Continue onto the A3049 and through the northern edge of Poole. Join the A35 and continue west towards Dorchester. After passing Upton, turn left onto the A351 to Wareham. Continue on the A351 through Wareham towards Swanage and Weymouth. Turn right onto the A352 towards Wool, Dorchester, and Weymouth. After about 3-4 miles, shortly before entering Wool, turn right at the roundabout onto the unclassified road towards Bere Regis. Monkey World will then be on your right after about 1 mile.

From London:

Follow the M3 to Southampton, then take the M27 west and continue as described above (from Southampton).

From Swanage:

Follow the A351 north west through Corfe Castle to Wareham. On the outskirts of Wareham, turn left onto the A352 towards Wool, Dorchester and Weymouth. After about 3-4 miles, shortly before entering Wool, turn right at the roundabout onto the unclassified road towards Bere Regis. Monkey World will then be on your right after about 1 mile.

From Weymouth:

Take the A353 north east towards Wool and Wareham. Turn right onto the A352 and continue through Wool towards Wareham. Shortly after leaving Wool, and just after crossing the river, turn left at the roundabout onto the unclassified road towards Bere Regis. Monkey World will then be on your right after about 1 mile.

From Dorchester:

Follow the A352 east towards Wareham, and through Wool. Shortly after leaving Wool, and just after crossing the river, turn left at the roundabout onto the unclassified road towards Bere Regis. Monkey World will then be on your right after about 1 mile.

By Public Transport

By train:

From London, Waterloo to Wool station, 2.5 - 3 hours journey

See zoo's website for indication of times.

By bus:

A special `Conservation Express' bus service operates to Monkey World from Wool railway station (and also to the coast at Lulworth and Durdle Door) during July, August and September. See the zoo's website for details.

Data on this page last updated: Apr 1 2013

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