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It's brass monkeys out there... and these primates need your help to keep warm

 

Friday 3 February 2012

It's going to be freezing brass monkeys out there this weekend, as these primates know all too well.

As Britain faces an onslaught of bitter temperatures and potential snow, staff at Monkey World Ape and Rescue Centre in Dorset are appealing for donations of blankets and towels for their residents. 

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Primates at Monkey World need blankets and towels

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Primates at Monkey World need blankets and towels

The monkeys and apes use donated towels and blankets in a variety of ways - some make beds or hammocks with them, others play tug-of-war or cosily wrap themselves up in them, and the capuchin monkeys use them as trampolines and hammocks. 

Although each primate has access to heated indoor enclosures, as well as extensive outdoor spaces all day, every day at the centre, many choose to shelter or make comfy beds with the linen.

The centre's appeal has already provoked an outstanding response from the local community and schools across the area, where Monkey World’s education team has been giving talks to children about the Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham and thanking them for their donations.

Marketing manager Sarah Lambert said: “The response to the appeal has already been outstanding.

"Wessex FM has been amazing, arriving with a van full of listeners’ donations and Fire Radio are also supporting the appeal throughout February across the Bournemouth area to keep the supplies coming.

"Donations can be dropped off at their studio in Holdenhurst Road. Thank you to everyone who has helped and donated their linen so far.” 

However, Monkey World still needs more - and not just to keep the primates warm and cosy during the cold winter months.

Linen is used throughout the year by the primates so any donation is invaluable, from towels to duvet covers, pillowcases to sheets or blankets. 

It is fine to give old and used items as long as they are clean, but Monkey World cannot accept anything stuffed (such as pillows or duvets) or crocheted, as the primates are likely to catch their fingers and toes or eat the filling, which may cause them harm.

To encourage families to bring their donations to the park in person, Monkey World is running a Kid for a Quid promotion throughout February half term where every child under 16 who brings a towel or blanket for the primates enters the park for £1 (accompanied by a full paying adult). 

Sarah added: “The Monkey World staff will be pleased to take your donation from you and, you never know, you may spot one of the primates snuggling up in your very own blanket.”

 

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