Monkey World-Ape Rescue Centre



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Set up in order to rescue monkeys and apes from abuse and illegal smuggling, Monkey World houses over 250 primates in 65 acres of Dorset woodland. There are over 20 species, including four groups of chimpanzees, as well as orang-utans, gibbons, woolly monkeys, lemurs, macaques and marmosets. Those wishing to help the centre continue in its quest to rescue primates from lives of abuse may like to take part in the adoption scheme, which includes free admission to the park for one year. There are keeper talks every afternoon, and the south's largest Great Ape Play Area for kids.

Monkey World-Ape Rescue Centre
Longthorns, WOOL, Wareham, BH20 6HH


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Sensory statues, motorised scooters, wheelchairs, swings
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-5; Jul-Aug 10-6 (last admission 1hr before closing). Closed 25 Dec

About the area

Discover Dorset

Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.

Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing. 

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