Monkey World is home to over 250 monkeys, apes and prosimians. The following are all the species of monkey that we currently care for at the park:


(Cebus apella)

We have over 60 capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) at the park, living in 5 separate groups, led by a dominant male. Most came from a bio-medical laboratory in Chile in 2008 and some were rescued from the British and European pet trade.

Common Marmosets

(Callithrix jacchus)

We now have over 30 common marmosets who have been rescued from the British pet trade.  In most instances the marmosets have been kept in small cages, indoors, in solitary confinement and fed a bad diet.  Marmosets require indoor/outdoor facilities, companionship of their own kind and a specialised diet.  As a result most arrive with nutritional bone disease, broken limbs and/or poor social skills.

Geoffroy’s Marmosets

(Callithrix geoffroyi)

We have several Geoffroy’s marmosets at Monkey World. All were bred by animal dealers and sold in the British pet trade. Three were given to the park when their owners realised they were unable to care for them properly, one was found loose on the streets of London, and one was a police confiscation for cruelty and neglect.


We have 1 female cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus), Mo.  Mo came from a UK safari park after her mate had died, leaving her alone. Sh lived with another cotton-top tamarin until he passed away. She now lives with Red, a female red-bellied tamarin (Saguinus labiatus), who was rescued from the UK pet trade. She was found abandoned in a flat after her owner had moved out and left her behind. The pair now get along nicely together, and enjoy their outside enclosure.

Red-bellied Guenons

(Cercopithecus erythrogaster)

Benny and Nia are red-bellied guenons that were hunted and taken from the wild in Benin.  They were smuggled out of Accra in Ghana on a passenger flight into Lebanon.  At Beirut airport the pair were confiscated and cared for by Animals Lebanon until Benny and Nia came to Monkey World.  They arrived on 16/05/18 and we estimate they were born in 2016.  The pair have been allowed to have two babies, Biff and Nala, so they become a stable family group.  Biff was born on 25/03/19, and Nala in July 2020.

Woolly Monkeys

(Lagothrix ssp.)

We have over 20 woolly monkeys who live in 4 different groups at the park, run by the dominant males. Many of the woolly monkeys were born here at Monkey World but sadly they generally do not do well in captivity and  Monkey World is the last place with healthy, breeding woolly monkeys.

Spider Monkeys

We have 3 spider monkeys.  The older male, Hickory, was born in 1992, the female, Pumpkin, was born in 1999 and male Flint was born in 1998. They were all born at a British zoo but their mother’s did not care for the babies. The monkeys were given to keepers to be hand-reared and kept privately but in 2012 they were unable to keep them anymore and asked Monkey World to re-home them.

Saki Monkey

(Pithecia pithecia)

We have one white-faced saki monkey, Desmond.  Desmond arrived on 25/07/18 from Shaldon Wildlife Park.  He came to Monkey World for his “retirement”. He lived with another elderly saki monkey until she passed away, and is now kept company by a common marmoset, Loki, who was rescued from the UK pet trade.

Squirrel Monkeys

(Saimiri sciureus)

We have five squirrel monkeys at the park. Two males and a female were confiscated during following a police raid on a drug dealers house.  They were being kept inside in a filthy utility room and the younger male had sustained an eye injury leaving him blind in an eye.  The female was found emaciated.  Since being at Monkey World all three have received medical care and are now fit and healthy. All but one of the squirrel monkeys were confiscated from the British pet trade.  The other female came to Monkey World after she was kicked out of her family group at a zoo.  They all love catching insects in their outside enclosure.

Stump-Tailed Macaques

(Macaca arctoides)

We have three stump-tailed macaques that came to us from a bio-medical laboratory, a zoo enclosure, and the pet trade. Over the years, we have rescued two different groups of stump-tailed macaques from laboratories as well as several from the illegal pet trade so that they can enjoy their final years in a social group and in a more natural environment outdoors.

Patas Monkeys

(Erythrocebus patas)

There are two patas monkeys at Monkey World named Mr Patas and Penelope. The pair arrived at the park in 2021 following the closure of a zoo. The origin of the patas monkeys is a mystery in that they lived at the zoo for 10 years but prior to that there are no records as to where they were born or where they came from. We do not know how old they are but estimate that they were born sometime close to 2002. They arrived at the park nervous and with bloody stool for which they received medical treatment.

Unknown Marmoset

Brass arrived at Monkey World on 21/02/13 with two female common marmosets, and another unknown marmoset, that had been rescued from a small cage in a pub.  His appearance is unlike anything we have seen at the park and despite consultation with marmoset and tamarin specialists his species is unidentifiable.  It is most likely they are mixed species’ hybrid from indiscriminate breeding in the pet trade.  He lives with Tya, a female common marmoset, who was also rescued from the UK pet trade.