Easter 2013

This was a very cold 4 day visit. Took another car load of donations. As you would expect, most of the primates preferred to stay inside in the warm. Some did however venture outside, but not for very long. With it being Easter weekend, the park was busy despite the temperatures. Photo opportunities were quite limited but did manage to get some shots.

Sally’s House is undergoing a makeover and is going to be a lot bigger. There are now Spider monkeys and a Geoffroy’s Marmoset, although they were not to be seen out in the cold.

Managed to get to see Jethro and got a couple of nice photos.

Pictures will be posted as soon as possible.

Next Visit is the sleepover on May 18th.

October 2012 Visit

The first week in October was another fantastic week at Monkey World. Arrived with the usual car load of donations. The weather was quite good most of the week, with plenty of sunshine. Spent a couple of afternoons sorting and folding the donated blankets. Very satisfying work. Met up with some great friends and can’t wait to go back. The week ended with MW hosting a lovely wedding. The date of the next next trip is not known yet. Anyway, photos are online. Hope you enjoy them.


September Sleepover

The sleepover events at Monkey World are great. People get the chance to camp in the grounds and actually walk around the park itself after closing hours and watch the primates bed down for the night. After arrival and setting up tents, there was a briefing from the staff, then a lovely buffet was put on. You were then free to walk the park till about 8.00pm. After that more food and entertainment provided by the staff. There was a quiz and some music in the cafeteria. Then everyone exits to the campsite where a huge fire was lit and more entertainment. There was music and fire dancing, all courtesy of the staff. What time people actually got to bed, I don’t know!!!

In the morning at 7.30am there was full breakfast in the cafeteria and then you were free to walk around the park before it opens at 10.00am.

It is great to see the primates when the park is quiet.

Sunday 16th was another fundraising day. There was the Bungee Madness. Supporters and staff were bungee jumping to raise funds for the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund. About 60 people ended up jumping and hopefully lots of money was raised. Whilst this was going on musical entertainment was provided by The Brass Monkeys. For audience participation, The Maverick Slacklines were putting on a show of their acrobatic skills on “a large elastic band” with a smaller one for everyone else to give it a try.

With all this going on, there were not so many photos of the primates taken, but the ones that were will be posted on the site as soon as possible.

All in all a short but very good visit and the weather was good!!

This year at Monkey World has been jam packed with events to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the park.
The Jim Cronin Memorial Gala Dinner in April
Sleepover, Screening of Project Nim, Staff talks and the 25th Party in July – what a week that was!!!
Sleepover and Fundraising day in September.

The person behind all the organisation should be extremely proud of what they have achieved. This person deserves a very huge congratulations and also deserves a relaxing break. Monkey World would not be the place it is today without them.

August 2012

Arrived at Monkey World on 29th July around lunchtime with car loaded with donations.
With it being the school holidays, the park was rather busy but that means extra income for the park. No major changes to report. (It was only 2 weeks since last visit!!)

Both Awan and Eva are doing well, as are all of the primates.

Although the forecast was for rain, the week turned out quite well with only a couple of showers to contend with.

Will get the photos online as soon as possible. Will be going for a fleeting visit mid September then first week in October

Update: Photos now Online. Click Below


25th Anniversary Celebrations

What a week!!!

Best week spent at Monkey World. Set off at 5.ooam on Saturday 7th July (Great Big Sleepover). Weather was OK until Oxford when it started raining and got heavier and heavier all the way to the park. The sleepover had officially been cancelled due to the weather!!! However for those that had travelled, it would still go ahead, albeit on a much smaller scale. About 30 people made it. Tent erected in pouring rain, soaking wet. Good start. Despite the rain, everyone was in good spirits. The welcome buffet was moved to the cafe, followed by a roam around the park. All the entertainment was also conducted in the cafe with a full pig roast. The staff were great. The night was a success. A few people stayed up talking till midnight before bedding down for the night. Sunday morning was totally different. Weather was great. Breakfast was provided in the cafe. This left a couple of hours to roam the park before it opened.

Monday and Tuesday – the weather held and got plenty of photos. Wednesday had been designated for the photo tour of the park. Fingers were crossed for the weather. Despite a couple of showers, the day was brilliant. The tour was conducted by one of the more famous members of staff and included access to the observation towers (Hananya’s, Paddy’s, Gordon’s, Bachelor’s and Capuchin’s) The tour lasted all day. Without the restriction of the thick glass, the photo opportunities were fantastic. Of course all the primates were interested in what was going on and came over to look. If you get the chance to do this tour just do it!!!!! Best day ever. Monkey World was host to the screening of Project Nim on Wednesday Evening. Great way to finish the day.

Thurday and the rain returned – all day. Photos were limited, but battled on. Friday was much better.

Saturday was the official 25th anniversary. There were talks by staff about what was going on in the park and with E.A.S.T. in Vietnam. It was very interesting and gave a deeper insight into what Monkey World is all about.

The week was rounded off by Party in the Park. This was held in a big top tent with entertainment from 2 live bands and an African acrobatic act. Jeremy Keeling arrived from his 900 mile journey, retracing the original route taken to bring the first 9 chimps to Monkey World. There was a very special cake to mark the occasion. See it here.

Both new arrivals, Awan (orangutan) and Eva (Woolly Monkey) are doing well. Sam and Sasak, the Siamang Gibbons, were singing in the trees, which was great to hear. The new marmoset house is nearing completion. There are plans for other new exciting developments, which as ever, will need funding with your help. Please do what you can to support this amazing place.

Over 1500 photos were taken and it will take a little bit of time to edit them and get them online.

Next Visit will be on 29th July for 1 week. Not long to go!!!

Update: Photos Now Online. Click the Button Below.


25th Anniversary

July 14th 2012 is the 25th Anniversary of Monkey World. Jim Cronin and Jeremy Keeling rescued the first chimpanzees from a life of misery in Spain. Jeremy is recreating this 900 mile journey to raise funds for the park.  See HERE

The week starts with the big sleepover on the 7th, where 100 guests camp at the park and gain entry after the park closes to the public. This is followed by a bonfire, food and entertainment. The next morning, guests are treated to a full breakfast and early entry to the park.  This is a really special event.

The 14th July sees a party in the park to celebrate the 25 years of dedicated work by the team at Monkey World. See HERE

This will be a fantastic week.

June 2012 Visit

Just back from visiting the park again. A wet and windy visit with storms over much of the UK. A planned photo tour of the park had to be postponed due to the high winds.

Still plenty of great photos were taken and will be posted when editing has finished.

New arrivals. A new baby orangutan and Woolly Monkey born at the park.

Sally’s enclosure has been extended to give them more room as they are growing up fast.

Sam and Sasak, the Siamang Gibbons are in their refurbished enclosure and can bee seen in the trees.

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Easter and the Gala Dinner

Will be heading back down to Dorset on Friday 6th April. The plan is to get to the park for about 1.00pm. A car load of sheets and other useful stuff will be dropped off. This trip will be extra special as the Gala dinner and auction will be held on Saturday 7th. Really looking forward to this one. Some of the photo books donated will be up for auction.

Also have some new photographic toys. A Canon 5d Mkii and a new flash gun. The flash won’t be used at Monkey World but it has infra red focus assist which should help in the low light in the bedrooms.

Will be staying in Dorset until Tuesday and hope to get lots of good shots of all the primates.

Photos will be posted on the site as soon as they have been processed.

Christmas 2011

Set off in foul weather on 23rd December. Heavy rain most of the way. Arrived at 3.00pm, later than expected. As it was still raining the camera stayed in the car. Had a quick look around. The things that had changed since October were, the Siamang Gibbon enclosure is undergoing work so no Sam and his new friend to be seen, The Woolly Monkey enclosure had finished its refurbishment and the Woollys were back in residence. The bedroom for the Siamang Gibbons was now occupied by the marmosets. Malagasy, the Lemur enclosure, was also closed. Spoke to Jeremy at 4.00pm as he brought Sally’s group their tea, handed in a car full of donations, and left for the day.

As for the photography, the skies remained dull all 3 remaining days and made photography difficult, especially with the telephoto. The cold weather kept the primates indoors a lot of the time (Sensible!!) but most of them did venture outside for some of the time. Christmas eve was probably the brightest day. Managed to get some good shots and you can view them by clicking the button below.

Next trip is at Easter, which includes the Gala Dinner and Auction in Poole.

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