Trentham Monkey Forest

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Trentham Monkey Forest
Barbary macaque at trentham.jpg
A barbary macaque at Trentham Monkey Forest
Type Wildlife park
Location Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England[1]
Area 60 acres (24 ha)[1]
Created July 2005 (2005-07)[2]
The fence around Trentham Monkey Forest

Trentham Monkey Forest is a visitor attraction in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. Opened in July 2005,[1][2] it is part of the Trentham Estate.[3] It consists of 60 acres of forest, which contain 140 Barbary macaques. There is a 0.75 miles (1.21 km) path through the forest along which visitors walk; there are no barriers between the forest and the path,[3] although visitors are confined to the path, which has guides to ensure the safety of both the visitors and monkeys, and there is a fence around the forest. The park is one of four owned by the de Turckheim family;[2] the other three are La Montagne des Singes in Alsace, France (opened in 1969), La Foret des Singes in Lot, France (opened in 1974), and Affenberg Salem in Bodensee, Germany (opened in 1976).[2][4] The forest is open to visitors every day between April and October inclusive, and opens on weekends and school holidays in February, March and November.[2]

There are two groups of 70 macaques at the forest,[1] which were originally from other parks in France and Germany[3] and inhabit different parts of the forest. The oldest macaque is around 30 years old.[1] All of the macaques are individually identified with a tattoo on their inner thigh. A number of the female macaques have been given contraceptive implants to limit the number of babies born at the site to around 5-15 per year.[3]

One aim of the forest is to increase awareness about the endangered species; it also aims to create and preserve a gene pool and to re-introduce groups of macaques into the wild. More than 600 macaques from the forest's three sister parks have been re-introduced to the wild at the Atlas Mountains, Morocco.[5][1] The forest also has a conference venue.[6] The forest supports research into the biology and social behaviour of the macaques at the park.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Take a walk on the wild side and monkey around in the forest". Manchester Evening News. 2013-05-25. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) research at Monkey Forest" (PDF). Trentham Monkey Forest. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Welcome to Monkey Forest". Trentham Monkey Forest. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  4. ^ de Turckheim, Gilbert; Merz, Ellen (1984). "Breeding Barbary Macaques in Outdoor Open Enclosures". The Barbary Macaque (Springer Publishing): 241–261. doi:10.1007/978-1-4613-2785-1_10. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  5. ^ "Conservation". Trentham Monkey Forest. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 
  6. ^ "Conference facilities". Trentham Monkey Forest. Retrieved 2014-03-08. 

Coordinates: 52°57′07″N 2°12′07″W / 52.952°N 2.202°W / 52.952; -2.202