Monkey World, Dorset: A Review | Modern Mummy

Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Monkey World, Dorset: A Review

Last week Daisy and I  set off on what turned out to be a bit of a mammoth day trip to Dorset to pay Monkey World a visit.

Monkey World is a sanctuary that rehabilitates neglected and abused monkeys into natural living groups and environments. It works hand in hand with governments across the world to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild into peoples' homes as pets - and does a fab job too.

They have over 240 monkeys at the park at the moment, from eleven different species, including orangutans (my fave), chimps and gibbons, all of whom are all kept in huge enclosures with ample viewing spots (mostly outdoor, but some indoor - bring your waterproofs just in case if rain is forecast!). The enclosures are labelled with information about each individual primate living in it, which I thought was a lovely touch - despite some of their stories being really sad - and the super knowledgeable staff give talks about the different species they look after throughout the day.

There are plenty of cafes and picnic spots dotted around the park, as well as lots of children's play areas (for both big and little kids) and crazy golf (for even bigger kids)! The gift shop is by far the best gift shop I have ever been to, not only is the variety of gifts brilliant (they sell everything from pocket money treats to sterling silver jewellery), the displays are just brilliant too, and everything is ridiculously reasonably priced; I would have paid a lot more for the goodies we took home with us, especially knowing that all profits made from entrance fees and the shop go directly towards the rescue and rehabilitation of the primates. Even if you don't make it down to the park, you can do some monkey shopping online here!

If you are a monkey fan, a trip to Monkey World is an absolute must. It is in Wareham, Dorset and is open every day of the year (except Christmas Day). We found the trip a bit too much to do in just one day (the majority of travel from London is on A-roads rather than motorways which made the 110 mile journey down there a lot slower than we expected) - however, there is HEAPS to do in the local area/on the way down there and back - a trip to Peppa Pig World at Paultons Park, which is only 40 miles away, perhaps? Or how about spending a day on the Jurassic Coastline of Dorset and East Devon? - so why not book into a local hotel or campsite and make a weekend of it? xoxox

NB This is NOT a sponsored post. We were not given free entry or any monetary payment in exchange for this review.

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