About Monkey Life
Monkey Life was created in 2006 and has continuously documented the work of Dr. Alison Cronin, MBE and her team at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre. Totalling 214 episodes over 11 series, the programmes have been aired in over 140 countries. Monkey Life series’ 1 – 5 and 8 – 9 are available on Pick and series’ 6 – 7 air on Animal Planet in the UK. Monkey Life series 12 is currently in production, due to completed by the end of 2019.
Filmed at Monkey World in Dorset, Monkey Life follows the rescue and rehabilitation of abused and neglected primates. Many have mental as well as physical problems so the Primate Care Staff treat their individual needs until they can be reintegrated with primates of their own kind. The 22 species of primates at the park range from apes such as chimpanzees, who were taken from the wild as babies and used as photographers’ props on Spanish beaches, to monkeys such as marmosets, many of which were rescued from the UK pet trade. The aim is to give them as natural environment as possible so that they have a secure and peaceful place to live.
These fascinating creatures have individual characters and the series follows them in their daily life. From power struggles in the chimpanzee troops to introducing baby orang-utans to the rest of the nursery group, every day is a rollercoaster ride as the stories unfold. With unparalleled access Monkey Worlds dedicated team are filmed dealing with medical emergencies, primate moves, births and sometimes heart-breaking decisions. We follow Dr. Alison Cronin, MBE around the globe as she continues the park’s mission to rescue abused primates. Monkey Life documents the daily life and drama of the world’s largest primate rescue centre.