Region: South West

Disabled Facilities: Yes

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH

Contact: 01929 462537



Our 65-acre park in the heart of the Dorset countryside is home to over 250 rescued and endangered apes and monkeys.  Many have been neglected, kept in unnatural conditions or experienced unbelievable cruelty.  Some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species.  Here they can all enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe and natural environment.

Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre was set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin to provide a permanent, stable home for abused Spanish chimpanzees.  Today, his wife, Dr. Alison Cronin, continues to work with foreign governments worldwide to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from Africa.

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Exactly what does your venue offer to educational visits?

Monkey World offers Talks and Tours at the park or in the classroom. Talks can be tailored to visit in with the current curriculum or your class topic. The dedicated education team can not only talk about Monkey World itself but a range of topics surrounding primate welfare and conservation. Enrichment days can be organized at the park where groups can help make items used in the enclosures and learn about the importance of primate care and stimulation.

Why you are you a great place for educational visits?

We are the home of the European Crèche for orphaned orang-utans, and are part of the European breeding programme for 3 endangered species at the park – the orang-utan, golden-cheeked gibbon and woolly monkey.

We have the largest group of chimps outside of Africa

We are based in a beautiful woodland setting with lots of natural wildlife living alongside the more than 250 primates of 20 different species. All the primates have a different story to be learnt when visiting the park.

What does a typical educational visit include?

We tailor each visit to the specific needs, you can email for more information.

What group sizes do you cater for?

We can cater for groups from 2 – 100 if there are more groups can be split up to accommodate everyone at different times in the day.

Do you provide projects, teacher’s packs, work sheets or any useful information?

Visit our website to find downloadable material, we also offer education packs for Key Stage 1 & 2 which are available in our gift shop. Teachers are welcome to come for familiarization visits prior to bringing their students, or discuss any information with our schools liaison officer in advance.

Are you happy for children to take photos, video or audio?

Children are welcome to take photos and videos. The primates are copyright to Monkey World and we ask that all images take are for personal use only.

What is your process for booking pre arranged risk assessments?

We do have a risk assessment available for teachers which is sent out with the group booking form

Does your venue have an education officer?

Annie Bentley – Schools Liaison Officer

What is the cost: of the visit?

Group and School discounts are available, all prices are on our website.

Is specific clothing required for the trip?

Sensible shoes for walking around, if the weather is bad bring coats/umbrellas etc.

Do you have first aid on site or will the group need to bring a qualified first aider?

There is always a first aider on sight.

Please list facilities available:

We have 2 café’s on sight, lots of picnic areas and a gift shop.

What are your disabled facilities?

We have disabled toilets, a changing area and our paths are all accessible (except the Woodland Walk, but there are no primate enclosures here)

Please note we do not have a hoist at the park.

What are your opening days and hours?

We are open every day except Christmas Day 10am – 5pm (10am – 6pm during July & August)

Do you have any testimonials from previous schools we can include?

We have many testimonials featured on our website.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Adventure Playgrounds Animal Welfare Outdoor Education Parks and Gardens Picnic Areas SEN Themed Attractions Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Citizenship Environmental Studies Geography History Leisure & Tourism Science

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December