A Visitors Guide To Monkey World

Established in 1987 by Jim Cronin and his wife Alison, this sanctuary has become a symbol of dedication to primate welfare and conservation. 

Monkey World: A Sanctuary for Primates

If you’re looking for the perfect base from which to explore this picturesque part of the New Forest National Park, The Castle Inn is a cosy, welcoming pub that is near to many of the sights and landmarks that Beaulieu has to offer. We have 12 stylish boutique bedrooms with super comfy beds and stunning bathrooms, as well as fresh, seasonal produce and delicious Butcombe beer on tap.

The Mission

At the heart of Monkey World lies a profound mission: to provide a home for rescued primates from around the world, many of whom have been subjected to exploitation, abuse, or neglect. Whether they were former pets, performers, or victims of the illegal wildlife trade, each resident finds solace and care within the sanctuary’s boundaries. Moreover, Monkey World is committed to education, aiming to raise awareness about the plight of primates in the wild and captivity, while also advocating for their conservation.

Meet the Residents

As you step into Monkey World, you’re greeted by a diverse array of primate species, each with its own unique story and personality. From the charismatic chimpanzees to the playful capuchins and the majestic orangutans, every resident has a tale of resilience and survival. Visitors have the opportunity to observe these incredible animals up close, gaining a deeper understanding of their behaviours, social structures, and the challenges they face in the wild.

Conservation Efforts

Beyond providing a safe haven for primates in need, Monkey World is actively involved in conservation initiatives both locally and globally. Through partnerships with organizations and field projects in countries such as Africa and Asia, the sanctuary contributes to habitat protection, reintroduction programs, and anti-poaching efforts. By supporting these initiatives, Monkey World strives to safeguard not only the species within its care but also their counterparts in the wild.

Education and Outreach

Education is a cornerstone of Monkey World’s work, and the sanctuary offers a range of programs and resources aimed at fostering understanding and empathy towards primates. School visits, guided tours, and interactive exhibits provide visitors of all ages with valuable insights into the lives of these remarkable animals and the importance of conservation. Additionally, Monkey World collaborates with researchers, students, and conservationists to advance knowledge and promote positive change for primates worldwide.

Final Thoughts

Monkey World stands as a testament to the power of compassion and dedication in protecting our primate relatives. Through its unwavering commitment to rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation, the sanctuary serves as a beacon of hope for primates in need. As visitors explore its grounds and connect with its residents, they are not only enriched by the experience but also inspired to take action in preserving the natural world for generations to come. In a world where the survival of many species hangs in the balance, places like Monkey World remind us of our responsibility to cherish and protect all life forms that share our planet.

The Castle Inn

Located in beautiful West Lulworth, The Castle Inn is a traditional pub and hotel that boasts 12 sumptuous bedrooms and a history dating back to 1660 – making it one of the oldest inns in Dorset.

Rustic and cosy, The Castle is the ideal base for exploring Dorset’s stunning Jurassic coastline and the picturesque attractions of Beaulieu. It is also within walking distance of must-see Dorset attractions like Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door.

On the menu, our focus is seasonal ingredients, locally sourced produce and exciting pub classics, with award-winning Butcombe beer, local cider, wine and classic cocktails behind the bar.