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Wool's Monkey World needs help keeping animals warm

Thursday 8 February 2012

IN the freezing weather, staff at Wool’s Monkey World ape rescue centre have appealed for Echo readers to spare a thought for their primates.

The rescued apes need donated blankets and towels, especially in the face of bitter forecasted temperatures and potential snow.

WRAPPED UP: One of the inhabitants of Wool’s Monkey World ape rescue centre 
WRAPPED UP: One of the inhabitants of Wool’s Monkey World ape rescue centre

All the animals at the Purbeck park have access to heated indoor enclosures, but the monkeys and apes use donated blankets in a number of ways.

“Some make beds or hammocks with them,” explained a park spokesman. “Others play tug-of-war or cosily wrap themselves up in them.” The capuchin monkeys even use them as trampolines and hammocks.

Monkey World marketing and PR manager Sarah Lambert said: “The response to the appeal has already been outstanding. “Thank you to everyone who has helped and donated their linen so far, 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.”

But park bosses – who are celebrating the sanctuary’s 25th anniversary this year – are still eager for more linen.

The sheets, blankets and towels are not only used to keep the primates warm and cosy during the winter months, they are used throughout the year.

A spokesman explained: “It is fine to give old and used items as long as they are clean, but Monkey World cannot accept anything stuffed or crocheted, as the primates are likely to catch their fingers and toes or eat the filling.”

• 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 donation, enters the park for £1.

This offer is only valid if accompanied by a full-paying adult.

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