Monkey World

Heading out of the forest and into Dorset you will find Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre a fantastic full day out for all the family.

Set on a 65 acre site, located just minutes from the A31 near Wool, you will have the opportunity to see a variety of primates that have been rescued over the years and brought to the centre for rehabilitation. The Primate Care Staff treat their individual needs until they can be reintegrated with primates of their own kind. The 21 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.

You will be spoilt for choice with the over 250 rescued and endangered primates that live at Monkey World. It is home to the largest group of chimpanzees outside of Africa, living in 4 different social groups.  They have 5 different species of gibbon, 3 groups of orang-utans, including 2 different species: Bornean and Sumatran.  It is also home to Europe's only Orang-utan Creche,  and 11 species of monkeys and prosimians : capuchin monkeys, common marmosets, Geoffroys marmosets, cotton-top tamarins, patas monkeys, ring-tailed lemurs, white-faced saki monkeys, spider monkeys, squirrel monkeys (pictured), stump-tailed macaques and woolly monkeys.

The play area is a huge hit with active kids and you will find stalls selling ice creams and drinks dotted around the park. There are also cafes selling a range of hot and cold snacks plus a gift shop and of course perfect picnic spots to feed your own little monkeys!

Opening Times:

Open every day, (except Christmas Day) 
10am to 5pm.

Open 10am to 6pm during July & August.

Last Entry is one hour before closing.

Admission charges:

Adult 16+:                                                         £12.00

Student (NUS card must be shown):           £10.50

Child 3 -15:                                                       £9.00

Under 3s:                                                          FREE

Senior 60+:                                                       £9.00

Disabled:                                                          £9.00

Carer:                                                                £9.00

Single Parent 1 Adult, 2 children: £27.00

Family 2 Adults, 2 children:                           £38.00

Address  & Sat Nav info:

Monkey World,




BH20 6HH

Tel: 01929 462537

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