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“Met the monkeys”
Review of Monkey World

Monkey World
Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Wareham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Fantastic day out to see rescued primates at Monkey World.
Well signposted and very easy to find.
One of the chimp houses currently being refurbished so some views restricted but did not spoil outr visit.
Gift shop is not the biggest but is well stocked and good value.

2  Thank paul c
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

We visited Monkey World today with our three young children (8, 6 and 3). We have been before but this was some years ago when we had much younger children (and fewer of them).

We really enjoyed our day there today. It was bright and sunny and so about as good as you can get for a February day. The park is big, and it takes quite a long time to walk all the way round. There is a lot to see, although the enclosures vary a lot with what you can see. Unfortunately the children didn't always have the patience to stay and watch for the various inhabitants, but over the course of all of them there was plenty to see. Watching the interactions between the various apes and monkeys is very interesting, and the highlight was probably seeing a very young orang-utan being carried around by its mother.

From the kids point of view by far the best part of the day was the several large play areas. The biggest of these is great fun even for adults, with very high towers linked by scrambling nets and long slides. There were also quite a few more big climbing nets, and in many ways the playground was uncannily like the ape's own enclosures - our own 'little monkeys' loved these although they were better for the elder two than the youngest.

It's also a good idea to check the website in advance. We did, and found there was a 'kids for a quid' deal if you brought a blanket in for the chimps. We therefore popped into Wareham and went round the charity shops to get three blankets for a pound each, and this reduced the entry fee from nearly £40 down to £25 which was well worth it.

We ate in the 'Treetops Cafe' which did hot meals for the kids and for us. It was surprisingly good, and not particularly expensive (£23 fed and watered all 5 of us). However there were loads of picnic places so if you wanted to bring your own there would be no problems with this.

Overall we really enjoyed our day and would recommend it, both for playgrounds and wildlife!

5  Thank James R
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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Love the tv show so our group of 6 made a 225mile each way trip just to visit this place , TBH we found it a bit hard to view a lot of the animals as it was a cold winter morning and lots of the viewing glass,s were steamed up and when we did manage to find a good spot it was impossible to view due to the amout of people also wanting to view

That being said this place does a fantasic job, you have to remember that this place is a rescue center and not a zoo, the main concern is the welfair of the animals and the enclosures are designed for that reason and not necessarily for the vewing public

we stuggled to spend the full day here but were still happy to have visted and contributed in a small way to the upkeep of the place

A must visit place if you are in the area

4  Thank i-am-evil-homer
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

Cold, wintry day but that didn't deter us from re-visiting this wonderful sanctuary. The keepers and staff work very hard not only for the monkeys welfare but to ensure that families and other visitors can make the most out of their day. We did happen to visit when the Dorset children were still at school although ours were on half-term. This meant a quieter park which gave us less congested viewing and closer access to the enclosures although not all the monkeys welcomed more staring humans! How the animals respond on the day is up to them whether there are lots of visitors or few, the lemurs didn't want to know the day we went and kept themselves inside despite the glorious weather and lack of people!! There are half-hourly talks about different monkeys which are informative and very interesting, the sincerity and love of what they do comes through in the keepers talks and makes for some poignant listening. There are plenty of play areas for different aged children and cafes which seem priced in line with other attractions. Another feature was the 'child friendly' information available on the display boards which used symbols and simple language to enable children to read and discover information for themselves.I also thought the animal statues for the visually impaired visitors a great idea. A worthwhile and thought provoking trip which we will definitely make again.

3  Thank zumba77
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Reviewed February 17, 2013

We went on a crisp, bright morning in February. Monkey World was easy to find and was well signposted. The car park was fairly empty and getting through the entrance was a breeze. At the time of our visit it cost £34 for a family (2 adults & 2 children). We declined the guide at £2.50, if we did happen to change our minds we could purchase one (or more) later in the gift shop. We were given a couple of maps, and there were numerous signs and maps around the park so we always knew where we were.

There were plenty of different types of primate to see, and we had no trouble in seeing them all. We especially wanted to see Oshine the Orang-Utan and we weren't disappointed. She wasn't outside (probably too cold!) but we could see her indoors with some of the other Orang-Utans. The enclosures seemed large and had plenty of things for the residents to do. The park was pretty clean, and we often saw staff in the living areas cleaning & tidying. The centre does a great job of caring for so many animals.

We didn't eat at any of the restaurants, so can't comment of the food. The gift shop is well stocked and offers gifts from pens and pencils upwards, and not too badly priced for an attraction of this size.

While we were there, my daughter 'adopted' Oshine and so is now able to get in free for a year, so I would guess that we will be returning in the near future, and I for one can't wait.

2  Thank LuckyLamp
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