Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre Dorset
Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH
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Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre is a very unique place. Opening in 1987 it was one of the world’s first primate rescue centres, whose mission, at that time, was to provide a home for confiscated chimpanzees that had been stolen from the wild and were being worked as beach photographer’s props in the tourist industry of southern Europe. A lot has changed over 30 years and Monkey World now finds itself working around the world to assist governments to stop the smuggling of many different species of primate from the wild. At our centre we rehabilitate monkeys and apes that have been used, abused, or neglected for any number of reasons.
Our goal is to provide these primate refugees with as natural a life as possible but it is not an easy job. Monkeys and apes often arrive with physical and psychological problems. The physical maladies come in many forms including amputated limbs, broken bones, malnutrition, ophthalmic conditions, severe dental problems, drug additions, parasites, and bacterial infections to name just a few. The psychological damage many of our primates suffer is often long lasting and can take many different forms depending upon the monkey or apes’ backgrounds; including anti-social problems, excessive aggression, self-mutilation, agoraphobia, food hoarding, and stereotypic behaviour. It is the job of our Primate Care Staff and veterinarians to assess and treat the physical conditions with the end goal to provide our rescued primates with the most healthy, interesting, natural, and fun life possible for their remaining years.
Monkey World is not a zoo it is a rescue centre. The monkeys and apes that live at the park are mainly there as a result of suffering abuse or neglect in their previous circumstances and we only rescue and care for individuals and species whose needs we can meet. We do not concern ourselves with “exhibiting” a wide range of species; we focus on the rescue work even if that means rescuing 88 capuchin monkeys or bringing the 60th chimpanzee back to the park.
For zoos this type of work would spell financial ruin as visitors only need/want to see a few individuals of many different species. We take pride in creating large, natural and innovative environments for our rescued primates as well as dedicating the time and effort to rehabilitate new arrivals on a regular basis. At Monkey World the individual monkeys and apes are important to us and we invite our guests to join our family and get to know each individual, what they have been through, and how their rehabilitation is progressing. Each visitor to the park helps fund our rescue& rehabilitation operation, and supports primates in need.