Monkey World

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Not to be confused with Monkey Planet.
Monkey World
Date opened 7th August 1987
Location Dorset, England
Land area 65 acres (26.3 ha)
Number of animals 222
Number of species 16
Website monkeyworld.org

Coordinates: 50°41′50″N 2°13′04″W / 50.697311°N 2.217725°W / 50.697311; -2.217725 The Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre is a 65-acre (26.3 ha) ape and monkey sanctuary and rescue centre near Wool, Dorset, England.

History[edit]

Entrance, photographed in May 2006

Set up in 1987 by Jim Cronin with assistance from Jeremy Keeling,[1] and later operated by both Jim and his wife Alison with a team of care staff lead by Jeremy, it was originally intended to provide a home for abused chimpanzees used as props by Spanish beach photographers, but is now home to many different species of primates.[2]

Monkey World works with foreign governments to stop the illegal smuggling of wild primates. In January 2008 the group performed what The Guardian called "the world's biggest rescue mission of its kind," when it saved 88 capuchin monkeys from a laboratory in Santiago, Chile, where some of the animals had been kept in solitary cages for up to 20 years.[3] The operation was carried out at the request of the laboratory, and with help from the Chilean Air Force, who flew the animals to Bournemouth airport with special permission from the British government.[4]

In August 2010 Monkey World rescued a Bornean Orangutan called Oshine from Johannesburg, South Africa. On 7 December 2010 Monkey World rescued an orphan baby Sumatran Orangutan called Silvestre from a zoo in Spain. In January 2011, Monkey World rescued a chimpanzee named Kiki from Lebanon.[5]

On Saturday 17 March 2007 Jim Cronin died in a New York hospital aged 55 years, from liver cancer. His widow Alison and the staff at Monkey World have continued to run the centre. [6]

Dao Tien Rescue Centre[edit]

In 2008, Monkey World, Pingtung Rescue Centre, Cat Tien National Park and the Forestry Protection Department worked together to create the Dao Tien Rescue centre in South Vietnam to save gibbons and other primates from the pet trade, smuggling, theme parks, and restaurants. Five years on from opening the centre, Dao Tien has confiscated and/or rescued 32 golden-cheeked gibbons, 24 pygmy slow loris, 6 black-shanked douc, 2 grey-shanked douc, 1 southern white-cheeked gibbon and 1 silvered langur.

Television appearances[edit]

The TV documentary Monkey Business has completed its 9th season and its successor Monkey Life, going on its 5th season. Other television appearances include:

  • Monkey Life - Season 4 on National Geographic now showing.
  • Monkey Life (TV series)|Monkey Life - Series 1,2 & 3 on Animal Planet. Currently showing on Animal Planet (Europe).
  • Monkey Business on ITV and Animal Planet. A concluded series produced by Meridian Television focusing on Monkey World. Nine series have been broadcast to date, with two specials on "Jim Cronin's Legacy" broadcast in June 2008. Monkey Business has been succeeded by Monkey Life, produced by Primate Planet Productions Ltd.
  • Nature Watch on ITV
  • Operation Chimpanzee on BBC
  • State of the Ark on BBC
  • Animal Hospital on BBC
  • CNN & Sky TV Highlighting a rescue operation in Turkey of smuggled chimpanzees
  • ITV GMTV Covering the illegal pet trade in Turkey. Since 1998 Monkey World has been working in cooperation with the Turkish Government to stop the smuggling of chimpanzees from the wild for the entertainment and pet trade.
  • QED Saving Trudy on BBC
  • Russell Brand often talks about Monkey World in his BBC Radio 2 programme & podcast, and mentions it on Big Brother Celebrity Highjack when a house mate makes monkey noises.
  • Karl Pilkington made a visit to Monkey World which was mentioned on his and Ricky Gervais' radio show on XFM.[7]

Awards[edit]

Monkey World has won Attraction of the Year 2000, and sixth best family attraction in Britain 2004. Jim Cronin and Alison Cronin jointly received the Jane Goodall Award for their work with Monkey World.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UK | England | Dorset | Monkey World boss Jim Cronin dies". BBC News. 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  2. ^ "Jim's Dream". Retrieved 10 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "UK | England | Dorset | Charity rescues Chilean monkeys". BBC News. 2008-01-30. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  4. ^ Balakrishnan, Angela. "Dorset sanctuary completes world's biggest monkey rescue", The Guardian, 30 January 2008.
  5. ^ "Kiki the rescued chimpanzee welcomed at Monkey World (From Bournemouth Echo)". Bournemouthecho.co.uk. 2011-01-29. Retrieved 2013-03-26. 
  6. ^ Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre - MONKEY BUSINESS STAR DIES
  7. ^ "Karl Pilkington Quotes - Monkey Business". Karlsroundhead.com. 2003-06-21. Retrieved 2013-03-26.