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Monkey World

Monkey WorldLongthorns
BH20 6HH
Telephone: 01929 462537


Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

This internationally acclaimed ape rescue centre is home to over 250 rescued and endangered monkeys and apes spread over 20 different species! Opened in 1987 by Jim Cronin to provide abused Spanish beach chimpanzees with a permanent home, today his wife Dr Alison Cronin continues to work with foreign governments worldwide to combat the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild.

This amazing site is now a sanctuary for primates from all over the world and many are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species.

Here you and the kids can see them enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe but naturalistic environment.

Combining family fun with conservation and animal education, the half-hourly talks delivered by dedicated Primate Care Staff explain all about man’s closest living relative in language ideal for children. They love to share their knowledge of all the individual primates in their care, so encourage the kids to ask any questions they have when the talk is over. Pre-bookable guided tours are also available.

There are cafes serving a selection of hot and cold food and drinks or you can always bring along a picnic to enjoy in the beautiful woodland setting around the centre. Monkey World is just minutes away from the A31 near Wool and is open every day (except Christmas Day) 10am to 5pm (July and August 10am to 6pm). Last admission is 1 hour before closing so be sure to come early!

You can support Monkey World in continuing their rescue and rehabilitation work by taking part in the Adopt a Primate Scheme: an excellent use for pocket money or a great idea for a present! Prices start from £25 for the year to support 'your' ape or monkey and include a photograph, a certificate, 3 editions of the Ape Rescue Chronicle and free entry to the park for a year!

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It may be worth checking out Monkey World's website to see if there are any special events or seasonal fun things to do that may be going on during the day.

We do strongly suggest you contact Monkey World before you set off on your family day out, just to make sure they are open and to confirm admission prices, as there is nothing worse than disappointed kids in the back of your car after a long journey.

Opening Times

2016 Details:
Open every day, (except Christmas Day) 10am to 5pm.
Open 10am to 6pm during July and August.
Last Entry is one hour before closing.
The Malagasy Lemur Enclosure is currently open daily from 12pm to 3pm and the Lemurs and Small Monkeys keeper talk is held at 2.30pm.


"I'm hungry"

The Treetops Cafe and the Watering Hole which serve both hot and cold food. Kiosks for snacks, drinks and ice creams are dotted around the park. We have plenty of picnic tables also.

healthy food

Range of salads and fruit. Vegans and vegetarians OK. If you have special dietary requirements please ring 01929 462537 and press 2 for administration.

"Can I have one of those?"

Disposable cameras, films, together with cuddly toys, mugs, clothing etc.

"i need a wee"

Disabled Toilets and baby changing facilities available as well as standard.

and baby come too...

We do not sell baby food but milk warming can be done by microwave or via the staff.


"are we there yet?"

Monkey World is just over 1 mile from the village of Wool on the Bere Regis to Wool road. From Dorchester and Poole take the A35 and from Ringwood and Southampton take the A31. There is a railway station at Wool and most taxis meet the trains. any top tips?

All our paths are tarmac so is suitable for both buggies and wheelchairs.

Prices & Admission

2016 Prices:
Family (2 and 2) £37
Single family (1 and 2) £26
Adult £11.75
Child £8.50


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Monkey WorldLongthorns
BH20 6HH
Telephone: 01929 462537