We arranged with friends a few weeks ago to visit Monkey World this Bank Holiday Monday. It made us realise that the last time we visited, Abby had just started walking, so it was probably about time we went again.
Anywhere is always so much more fun with friends to go around with, well it is when you’re seven anyway, and Abby and her friends had a great time leading us around the park to look at all the different Monkeys.
As we walked around the park, we spotted a big crowd of people hovering around one particular enclosure. It turned out there was a baby roe deer running around the outside of an enclosure and the Gorilla inside was chasing the poor thing from the other side of the fence. Thankfully the deer was on the right side of the enclosure and couldn’t be got at by the primates, but it was so small and obviously scared that I don’t think it knew where to go.
After all the usual jokes about the children and the adults resembling monkeys, Miss A started to take a lot of interest in taking photos of everything she saw. I’m pretty sure she was actually listening as well which was good as we were talking about the different species and how long they lives, what they ate etc.
The food is very expensive to buy at Monkey World, but thankfully we took a picnic. There is an amazing big open space with a huge play area for the kids at the back of the park, so we headed through in a straight line in time for lunch before circling the park again afterwards. You can easily spend a whole day at monkey World, there really is plenty to see and do. I think the open space area at the back of the park is in the perfect position to stop and sit down for a while whilst the kids play before wandering back through again.
There is always a time and place for ice cream though on a day out despite the weather being a little colder by the time we sat down for ice creams.
Whilst in the Lemur walkabout area, we happened upon feeding time so we stayed for the feeding and the information chat. It was interesting to learn that females dominate the lemur pack, and there is always one dominant male between the males.
It was sad to learn though that the majority of lemurs arriving at Monkey World are rescued from the pet trade.
We had time to see some Mummy’s and their babies before leaving the park. We spent a whole day at Monkey World which was broken up by stops by the park areas. The layout is done very well with plenty of things for the kids to do whilst the parents enjoy a drink or an ice cream.
We had a great day out and have vowed not to leave it six years before visiting again. If you’re in the vicinity of Monkey World, you are very close to visiting Lulworth Cove and Durdle Door, two additional great places to see in Dorset.