Keeper Talks

Learn all about our closest living relatives at the FREE half-hourly keeper talks every day. Starting at 12.30pm at the woolly monkey house, you can hear from the people who care for the apes & monkeys every day, and gain an insight into their characters & personalities. The keepers perform a scatter feed to bring the primates closer, and visitors who follow the TV series may recognise some familiar faces!

Learn all about the primate’s rescues, lives at the park, and the species in the wild. Combining education with conservation, the keepers are passionate about their primates, and are happy to answer all of your questions. Please see the map for locations & times of the talks to help plan you day.

  • 12:30pm Woolly Monkeys
  • 1:00pm Chimpanzees
  • 1:30pm Orang-utans
  • 2:00pm Gibbons
  • 2:30pm Lemurs & Small Monkeys
  • 3:00pm Spider Monkeys, Capuchins & Stump-tailed Macaques

Monkey Around

Let your little ones blow off some steam in our three adventure playgrounds, the largest being the Great Ape Play Area at the far end of the park, past the capuchin complex.


With climbing frames, cargo nets, swings & slides, your little monkeys can take inspiration from our primate cousin’s activities, and see if they can balance as well as a chimp, climb as high as an orangutan, and swing like a gibbon!


For young children, the soft play area is ideally situated within the Treetops café, so parents can relax & recharge with a coffee while the little ones play- watched over by our golden-cheeked gibbons in the play room next door!

Food & Drink

Walking around the beautiful 65-acre park can work up quite an appetite- luckily, you can relax in one of our many picnic areas situated throughout the park. Enjoy your lunch in the stunning Dorset countryside, but if you’ve forgotten to pack a picnic, don’t panic! The Treetops café is open all year round, serving hot & cold food and a wide range of drinks. Situated near the entrance/exit, and adjacent to the gift shop, visitors can shelter from the elements in the ample indoor seating, or lunch on the patio, watching Hananya’s chimpanzee group.

As it is a popular location for lunch, arrive before 12 pm or after 1:30 pm to avoid the rush. The café is open until 4:30 pm, or 5:30 pm during July and August.

Gluten-free and vegan options are available, as well as soya milk. Please ask a member of staff if you have special dietary requirements, or get in touch before your visit by emailing Sample menus can be found by clicking the button below. Please note that menus are subject to change, and not all items may be available on your visit.

Seasonal cafes

There are 3 kiosks and 2 further cafes open seasonally, during school holidays or other busy periods. Please ask at the entrance what is open during your visit.

Watering Hole

Situated near the top play area, the large indoor jungle themed café serves hot and cold food, including ice cream, pasties, hot dogs and sandwiches.


This outdoor café is a one stop shop for ice cream cones, sandwiches, pasties, sausage rolls, as well as a choice of cakes & crisps. Located near the orangutan nursery, it is a great place for a pit stop.


Ice cream and hot & cold drink kiosks are located in the top picnic area by the woolly monkeys, and also by the Great Ape Play Area. These are open in busy periods for a quick re-fuel during your day.

Taking care of the Environment

We work hard to make our cafes as sustainable as possible, sourcing food from local suppliers wherever possible. Plates and cups are made from biodegradable materials, and our coffee, tea and chocolate are all FairTrade.

Palm Oil is contributing to rainforest destruction, threatening the habitats of many endangered species, including orangutans. All our food in the cafes is palm oil free.

Help us to keep the park clean & tidy by disposing carefully of your rubbish in bins provided. Please please please do not be tempted to feed any of the primates, wildlife or birds.

Visitor Notice:

To protect our rescued monkeys and apes and our dedicated team at the park during the ongoing coronavirus situation, we are taking steps to limit potential exposure of our primates in every way we can.

To this end, we have taken the decision to close the park to the public, effective from 5pm on Tuesday 17th March 2020. All scheduled Monkey World events, guided tours and bookings are cancelled until further notice. Our office staff will be in contact with anyone who had a booking of this nature.

You can still adopt online, and buy from our online giftshop, but please be aware that there will be delays in posting purchases and adoption packs, as we are working on skeleton staff to keep everyone safe. Adoption packs can be posted twice a week, and giftshop orders will be posted once a week.

If you’d like to talk to a member of staff, the office will be staffed on Monday and Thursday.

Your support and understanding mean the world to us. We wish you and your families the very best during this difficult time and will keep you in touch with our family.

Thank you for understanding.


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