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Monkeys have always delighted humans, their intelligence and physical features so recognisably close to our own. Yet they have been victims of abuse and neglect by hunters and misguided pet owners and the result is many thousands of animals that have to be rescued and looked after. That’s where the fabulous Monkey Sanctuary near Looe comes in. Nestled into the side of the South Cornish coast, the sanctuary looks after residents like Joey the black capped capuchin monkey who was forced to live in a small cage in a flat in Camden Town for nine years and as a result became severely disabled. Now more than 40 years old, the sanctuary houses many primates rescued from the UK and international primate pet trades. It’s a great place to learn more about monkeys, hear expert talks and take a gentle stroll around the lovely wooded gardens while you are there. There is also a bat zone on site, which has a camera linked up to film the colony of the lesser horseshoe bats which have taken up resident under the gothic Murrayton House. Children will love the play area and arts and crafts activity centre while there’s a lunch stop at the Tree Top Café (or you can bring your own picnic).
The Monkey Sanctuary is part of the following Editors' Picks:
"What child does not find a monkey delightful? Set up originally to provide homes for unwanted pet monkeys, the sanctuary now provides refuge for primates rescued from the UK and international pet trade. Apart from 28 monkeys, the sanctuary has an adventure playground and wildlife garden. Attractive café. Family ticket £25. Open Easter to autumn, Sunday to Thursday. (See website for occasional Fri and Sat opening days)."
"Meet the sanctuary’s 28 very individual resident monkeys and learn all about their characters and foibles during keeper talks. Then try to stay calm during a walk through the Bat Cave – home of the endangered Lesser Horseshoe species. Enjoy your picnic in the really quite lovely wildlife gardens and then let your own monkeys loose in the huge play area. A great day out."
Information on The Monkey Sanctuary , Murrayton House , Looe
|Opening Times:||Mar 2nd to Nov 3rd, Sat to Thu (everyday except Fridays) 11:00-16:30.|
|Admission:||Adult £8.00, Child (under 16) £5.00, Under 5 Free, Student/Senior Citizen £6.50, Family (2+3) £25.00. Your entry entitles you to membership of The Monkey Sanctuary for a whole year, including Free unlimited re-entry.|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
|Location:||From Plymouth: take A38 to the Trerulefoot roundabout (near Tideford). Take first exit off roundabout (signposted Looe and Polperro). Follow road then take right turn (towards Looe and Polperro). Follow road through Hessenford and, at No Mans Land, take left turn and follow signs to Monkey Sanctuary. From Liskeard: take A38 towards Plymouth, follow signs to Looe (B3253). Take a left turn at Twinaways Farm (signposted Monkey Sanctuary). At the end of the single track lane, continue straight over crossroads. At Bindown, turn right onto the main road after the Post Office and immediately left through No Mans Land. Follow signs for the Monkey Sanctuary. From Looe: Leave Looe with river on your left. Take the right turn on the hill towards Torpoint and Plymouth. Pass church on left and Looe Bay and Tregoad campsites on right. At top of hill take right turn onto single track lane (signposted Monkey Sanctuary) and follow signs. For those using Satellite Navigation (Sat Nav) to make their way to us, our postcode is PL13 1NZ. If your Sat Nav doesn’t offer The Monkey Sanctuary as a destination, select Bay View Farm (our neighbours), and you will find our way to us. We are working on getting a consistent listing!|
Car Parking available, Limited Disabled Access, Opportunity to adopt our rescued monkeys, Keeper Talks, Children's Trail, Bat Cam, Children's Activity Room, Shop, Treetop Café
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Sun 16 Jun 2013 – Sun 16 Jun 2013
Come to The Monkey Sanctuary for Father’s Day and enjoy some special offers for a special Father!
Dads go free today as well being able to get involved in our bug and bat box making workshops. In the Treetop Cafe we have bangers and mash and discounts on local Ales and Ciders.
Sat 13 Jul 2013 – Sat 13 Jul 2013
Come to The Monkey Sanctuary for Native Wildlife Day and take part in lots of fun activities such as Bat box and bug box building, talks on various species native to the UK, stands from other animal charities and animal face painting.
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