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“Catching stories and characters!”
Review of Monkey Haven

Monkey Haven
Ranked #1 of 23 things to do in Newport
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Welcome to Monkey Haven - your gateway to the wild and wonderful world occupied by our closest relatives in the animal kingdom. We're a happy home to whooping gibbons, cheeky capuchins, birds of prey and many more exotic creatures. We care for monkeys and other animals in need, in our lovely sanctuary outside Newport. Monkey Haven is a Gold Award winning attraction with plenty for you to see and do, so why not swing on by and visit us soon!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed December 6, 2013

This place is a real little bliss for the monkeys and owls. We easily spent here more than two hours wandering around and getting to know all the residents. They all have their characters and own stories most of which are really touching. Some of the monkeys were bullied or tortured by other animals before they were joined to the Owl & Monkey Heaven– stories that are so close to the human being’s life.

The monkey Crotchet has lost her mother recently and at the time of our visit she looked very unhappy. Hopefully, she has already been reunited with her dad, as one of the member of staff said, and she is happier now.

The mother and daughter (Somer and Rasmaya) are so funny; we didn’t get the chance to hear them singing as they both like to do that but they looked joyful jumping, running and climbing around and taking care of each other.

The family with the little baby Malou (born May 2013) are other cute creatures. The little Malou is naughty – as the displays nicely says he has got an impressive ability to steal the best bits of food from his parents and even the keepers are worried that when he grows up he might become a master pickpocket .

They all are just fascinating – Djebra with his interesting background, Makazive with her shyness and Treacle with her desire for flirting, or Bono who likes giving a ‘manicures’ to her keepers by removing dirt and dead skin.

The way the monkeys and the owls are presented is great: with the explanations about their background, habits, likes and dislikes all is really very catching.
Someone said in the previous reviews that the hot chocolate at the cafe has been good, I can confirm it is delicious as well as the cakes.

Before you visit the place you should check the opening times as they have different hours during winter and summer. We visited this place in the middle of November and it was open from 10am to 3pm only Friday and weekends. The car park is quite big and because of this time of the season there was plenty of spaces.

1  Thank niki101
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

We loved the Owl and Monkey Haven. It is wonderful to go to a place that saves, helps and protects animals. The monkeys and owls were just a joy to see. The sanctuary was very clean and organized. All of the animals appeared to be well cared for.

Thank DonnaF
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

Small little zoo, was enjoyable , not much there. As out of season you get a discount to get in.but would be a little pricey if there was a few of you.

Thank Sue B
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Reviewed November 30, 2013

We took our 18mth old nephew who loved it - as did we!! All the monkeys seemed really happy and well cared for. The sanctuary is lovely and clean, and there are a wide variety of monkeys and owls to see, despite the centre being quite small. They were building whilst we were there which I assume means they are getting some more residents next year so we look forward to returning to meet them. I would recommend people visit the centre as more than anything I think they need the support to continue the good work they are doing.

Thank Janine W
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Reviewed November 6, 2013

As a haven, it's wonderful and I would recommend it for a visit. It's not that big, it is wheelchair friendly and the cafe is lovely - lots of freshly cooked food served by very helpful and friendly staff. Only downside was a disappointing marmoset encounter. The furry critters didn't want to play ball, which I totally understand, but there seemed to be quite a high turnover of encounters which to me suggests anyone having an encounter after lunch is very unlikely to get their money's worth as the marmosets are already stuffed full of tasty treats and not at all interested in meeting and greeting visitors! Can't say I blame them! If you want to hand feed them go as early as you can.

Thank Henwife
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