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Simian fun in West Dorset this summer

Friday 23rd August 2013

GOING APE: Monkey World

MONKEY around at one of West Dorset’s top animal attractions this summer.

Monkey World Ape and Rescue Centre is a 65-acre ape and monkey sanctuary near Wool.

It was set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin and later run by both him and his wife Alison.

It was originally intended to provide a home for abused chimpanzees used as props by Spanish beach photographers.

The attraction is now home to over 240 rescued and endangered primates, with five species of gibbon, three groups of orangutan and the largest group of chimpanzees outside Africa.

Alongside seeing primates of all shapes and sizes, there is also Monkey World’s first open air movie night on August 31 in aid of the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund, giving visitors an opportunity to sit under the stars and watch Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Monkey World urges visitors to take a picnic and family and friends to the screening, with gates opening at 7.30pm.

Screening tickets are £6 for adults and £3 for children or family tickets allowing two adults and two children for £15.

On August bank holiday weekend, every child that enters the park bringing a banana for the primates will receive a free attraction badge.

Monkey World is open every day from 10am to 5pm with extended August opening hours of 10am to 6pm.

The malagasy lemur enclosure is open daily from 12pm to 5pm and the lemurs & small monkeys keeper talk is held at 2.30pm.

There is also a souvenir gift shop and cafe.

Monkey World can be found on the A31 between Bere Regis and Wool and visitors should follow the brown tourist signs. For more information call 01929 401018.

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