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:
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.
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.
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 2 cotton-top tamarins, Uncas & Mo. Uncas, the male cotton-top tamarin, was confiscated from the UK pet trade as his owner did not have a licence to confirm that he was captive bred. Prior to his seizure, Uncas had been sold from owner to owner and was living in a small bird cage.He lives with a female, Mo, who came from a UK safari park after her mate had died, leaving her alone. The pair get on very well.
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.
We have over 20 woolly monkeys who live in 4 different groups at the park, run by the dominant males Levar, Chippy, Enzo and Paulo. 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.
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.
We have 2 white-faced saki monkeys, Desmond, and his mate Chloe. Chloe arrived at the park on 13/04/16 from a zoo in France and is the oldest saki monkey in Europe. Desmond arrived on 25/07/18 from Shaldon Wildlife Park. The 2 saki monkeys have come to Monkey World for their “retirement”.
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.
We have five elderly 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.
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.
Brass and Evi arrived at Monkey World on 21/02/13 with two female common marmosets that had been rescued from a small cage in a pub. Their appearance is unlike anything we have seen at the park and despite consultation with marmoset and tamarin specialists their species is unidentifiable. It is most likely they are mixed species’ hybrids. They are a confident and active duo who love sunbathing in their outside enclosure.