Monkey Life (TV series)

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Monkey Life is a TV series documenting the work of Dr. Alison Cronin, Jeremy Keeling and their team at Monkey World. Monkey Life follows on from ITV Meridian's Monkey Business, based on the work of the largest monkey and ape rescue centre in the world.

The series[edit]

Nestled in Dorset, United Kingdom, this 65 acres (26 ha) sanctuary grew from a humble derelict pig farm, and is now home to over 240 primates from 17 different species.

This long-running and heart-warming TV series is now in its seventh year. Primate Planet Productions Ltd. is based on site, and accompany Dr. Alison Cronin and her staff on all international and UK rescues, documenting the team's unwavering hard work in their ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild.

Monkey World have rescued primates from 18 countries, where they were being mistreated in laboratories, as exotic pets, as photographer's props, or as circus animals. Once at Monkey World, Monkey Life follows their progress as they integrate into family groups and settle into their new home with friends of their own kind.

114 half hour episodes so far.

In 2012, Series 6, Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half hour episodes for Discovery Networks. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series is broadcast on Animal Planet and other channels worldwide, as well as Channel Five in the UK & Ireland.

In 2011, Series 5, Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half hour episodes for Discovery Networks. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series is broadcast on Animal Planet and other channels worldwide, as well as Channel Five in the UK & Ireland.

In 2010, Series 4, Primate Planet Productions produced 20 half hour episodes. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series is broadcast on the National Geographic Channel worldwide, as well as on Channel Five in the UK & Ireland.

In 2009, Series 3 also 20 half hour episodes was produced in association with Athena Films. Narrated by Ralf Little, this series was shown on Channel Five in the UK & Ireland and is showing on Animal Planet worldwide.

In 2008, Series 2 increased to 20 half hour episodes. Produced in association with Athena Films, it’s narrated by Ralf Little, and this series was shown on Channel Five in the UK & Ireland and is showing on Animal Planet worldwide. This series has also been shown on HULU in the USA.

In 2007, Series 1 was the last series in which Jim featured, as he died on March 17, 2007 from cancer. Produced in association with Athena Films, it’s narrated by Andy Serkis, (the voice of Gollum in Lord of the Rings) this series is 14 half hour episodes and was shown on Channel Five in the UK and is showing on Animal Planet worldwide.

The Official Monkey Life Facebook page keeps the fans of the series up to date with information.

Monkey Business[edit]

The series that preceded Monkey Life, was produced by Tigress and then Meridian Broadcasting. Nine series of Monkey Business were produced and broadcast on the local ITV Meridian TV channel, and Animal Planet worldwide. A final 3-part TV series, 10 Years of Monkey Business, summarised the work of Monkey World over the previous 10 years. Monkey Business was narrated by Chris Serle.

Jim Cronin[edit]

The late Jim Cronin and Animal Director, Jeremy Keeling founded Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre in 1987. He and established himself as an international expert in the rescue and rehabilitation of abused primates and the enforcement of international treaties aimed at protecting primates from illegal trade, exploitation, and abuse.

Jim passed away on March 17, 2007. In his memory, the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund has been established to continue Jim’s legacy and support primate conservation and welfare around the world. Dr. Alison Cronin, Jeremy Keeling and the dedicated team at Monkey World continue Jim’s legacy both at Monkey World set up the Jim Cronin Memorial fund - a charity dedicated to Primate Conservation and Welfare, in his memory.

Monkey World set up sister sanctuary in Vietnam. Dao Tien is run by the charity Endangered Asian Species Trust (E.A.S.T) who rescue and rehabilitate endangered Vietnamese primates. The work of Dr. Marina Kenyon and her team has also been documented within the Monkey Life TV series since Series 2.

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