Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre Nature Trail

21 September 2021
10:00 am
5:00 pm

During the Planet Purbeck Festival, Monkey World are offering a Nature Trail with which to explore the park.

Attendance at the Monkey World Park needs to be pre-booked via the website, and entry will be at normal park entry prices, full details can be found here, but as an indication adult tickets are £16, and child tickets (age 3-15) are £11.  Opening Hours for the park are 10am to 5pm.

Monkey World has been hit hard during the pandemic, with doors closed to the public for 8 months in total, and still over 260 primates to care for, and rescues, building and maintenance ongoing.

If you’d like to help, please consider leaving an additional donation for the trail, or even better, join the primate adoption scheme to support primate welfare & rehabilitation for a whole year!  Details on the website at


This internationally-acclaimed ape rescue centre, is set within 65 acres of beautiful Dorset woodland.  Opened in 1987 to provide abused Spanish beach chimpanzees with a permanent home, the site is now a sanctuary for primates from across the globe. Many have been neglected, kept on unnatural conditions or experienced unbelievable cruelty.  Some are now part of international breeding programmes for endangered species.  At Monkey World, they can all enjoy the company of their own kind in a safe, natural environment.

Monkey World was originally set up by Jim Cronin, MBE who sadly passed away in 2007.  Today, his wife, Dr Alison Cronin, MBE, continues to work with foreign governments worldwide to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from Africa, Asia and South America. 

With over 260 primates of 24 different species, Monkey World is the largest ape and monkey rescue centre in the world.

Monkey World is a fantastic day out!  The park is imaginatively laid out and has food and drink outlets, picnic areas, a woodland walk, and a lot of monkey antics to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages.  

Combining fun with conservation and animal education, recorded talks can be accessed via QR codes around the park to explain all about man’s closest living relative.  Visitors can see the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’, then ‘monkey around’ in the south’s largest Great Ape Play Area for children with its huge variety of swings, slides, and climbing frames.

You can even help Monkey World to rescue and rehabilitate more primates by adopting a monkey or ape.  ‘Adoptive parents’ receive a year’s pass to the park, a photograph of their adopted primate, certificate, and copies of the Ape Rescue Chronicle up to three times a year.

All of Monkey World is accessible for our disabled visitors except for the Woodland Walk, due to the uneven ground. The only primate enclosure along the Woodland Walk is one marmoset house. In a few places around the park there are some uneven surfaces and short areas on steep cambers which may be difficult to negotiate for manual wheelchair users.




Please book via the Monkey World website Please note Planet Purbeck do not manage bookings and are not responsible for managing availability of places for any festival listings. Please contact us if you are having trouble contacting the organiser.

Contact details

Organiser name:
Monkey World


Accessible Venue

Location & directions

Monkey World, Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH.
Some of the organisations we are working with
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