The Monkey Sanctuary
The Monkey Sanctuary
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Support a charity and visit Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary, offering a safe haven for monkeys since 1964. The Monkey Sanctuary cares for a range of different species of rescued monkeys, giving visitors an intimate insight into a working sanctuary and a chance to meet some of its amazing monkey residents. The Monkey Sanctuary is home to over 35 individuals; many of them rescued from conditions of abuse and neglect and each one with their distinct characters and personalities. As we are a sanctuary home to rescued monkey that sadly have suffered as a direct result of being kept as a pet, the needs of the monkeys always take priority. Therefore some areas of the sanctuary are not accessible by our visitors so as to give the monkeys the time they need to recover and progress physically, emotionally and socially. The monkeys get fed almost every hour throughout the day, so visitors should be able to watch individuals enjoying a snack or hanging out with their friends!
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  • Ellie B
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great visit
    A brilliant visit - absolutely worth a visit! Staff were amazing, very passionate and informative. Beautiful on a sunny day! Not a full day out but definitely a great few hours, lovely nature and scenery. Keep up the great work guys!
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 April 2023
  • Jenny O
    East Grinstead, United Kingdom8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing day
    We were given a monkey keeper for a day voucher for my husbands 60th and we had a really good day. We cleaned out the monkeys, placed food out for them, picked fresh food for them from the gardens with Georgia, who gave us a good tour an talked us through which plants each monkey favours. We had lunch with a beautiful outlook over Looe and then had individual talks from all the zoo keepers on each of the monkey groups. We were very well looked after and it was a great experience, would highly recommend 😃.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 3 July 2023
  • Simon
    Fulford, United Kingdom49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Poor wet monkeys! Adorable and important work!
    Tamarins are so cute!!!! Even on a rainy foggy day, the caring staff here were still good enough to stand out in the rain and talk to guests one in one for a long time about the adorable monkeys. Save the sanctuary!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 July 2023
  • D1spm
    Redditch, United Kingdom1,608 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place
    Nice place to visit with young ones who were captivated by seeing the monkeys. The enclosures (whilst I would prefer the monkeys to actually be where they belong) were really big and spacious full of things to do. The staff all seemed friendly knowledgeable and passionate. If you have any mobility issues this is a difficult site/location so bare that in mind.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 August 2023
  • Caroline R
    110 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just monkeying around
    Lovely couple of hours with some extremely well informed volunteers who showed a clear and evident passion in what they do for the monkeys here. Great value for locals as you receive an annual pass as standard with the regular admission. We always get new information each time we visit the work here is vital to stopped the UK primate pet trade. Well worth a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Annette_Whalley
    29 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely way to spend a morning
    Brilliant visit brought to life by the keepers plus a letter hunt for children which was a lot of fun. The knowledge and passion of the keepers in helping the monkeys was first class too. Play area for the kids and small cafe / gift shop on site
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 August 2023
  • ABCx
    United Kingdom17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An excellent, ethical place with all the right priorities
    Today was our third visit, over a period of several years. The priority of this sanctuary is the welfare of primates and the education (not entertainment) of humans, which is just as it should be. I feel I need to counter a couple of reviews earlier this month, whose writers appear to be missing the point. The monkeys have been rescued from appalling conditions and have previously been subjected to abuse at the hands of humans. The carers at this sanctuary are doing their absolute best to rectify the past wrongs of others, and are achieving this with well-engineered, interesting and varied enclosures, which replicate (as best they can in Cornwall) natural habitats. The people caring for the monkeys are well-educated and well informed, they know what each individual needs and they deliver that. I urge visitors to take the time to speak to them, to inform themselves, and take on board the message the sanctuary delivers on the evils of the primate pet trade. By speaking to the carers you learn that the Barbary macaque on his own is bereaved, and they are in the middle of the slow process of introducing him to other macaques. I also recommend the walk around the sloping and glorious wildlife garden below the enclosures, down to the pond. It's beautiful. The cafe is fine (tables and seats were sanitised while we were there), and the views from it absolutely superb, with lush flowers around the grassy area. We were there on a very hot day and there was no whiff of anything unpleasant! Other visitors, including youngsters, were intertested and engaged. This sanctuary is doing a superb job - of care and education. Well done, all of you. A very sound set of ethics.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 16 August 2023
  • joffy237
    Warrington, United Kingdom21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thoroughly enjoyed, something a bit different!
    We visited as a family (4 adults & 2 young children) in August. We fancied something a bit different and being a huge fan of monkeys we decided to give this a go. We were a bit worried about some of the reviews suggesting that there’s not much to do and you can be in and out in about an hour. To be fair, I can see why people say this as you can walk around the monkey enclosures in about 15 mins, but there’s a lot more to this place than just the enclosures. We spent around 3 hours here in the end, looking around the monkeys, sat down for a quick cold drink outside the shop, followed the nature trail, let our little one make a cardboard monkey with the staff on the activity table, and then a bit of time on the play area. The staff were brilliant, so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. We would gladly return again in the future and would recommend a visit.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 August 2023
  • DandAMM
    Nottingham, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very worthwhile
    Very worthwhile attraction. Please note this isn't a theme park, but literally a rescue sanctuary. It's small but much better than any kind of zoo enclose. The on-hand staff are very knowledgeable and helpful. It has a home spun charm and all the better for it.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Maria LS
    Chester, United Kingdom39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Calm and relaxing place to visit
    We spent a lovely hour and a half at the monkey sanctuary. We saw 4 different types of monkey and the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. After a few days of busy tourist spots, this was a very relaxing and calm place to visit. A walk round the garden added to our visit, and there were plenty of places to stop and sit if you wished.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 August 2023
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Anneb
Bodmin, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
This is a a thought provoking place to visit - the staff are so knowledgable and really passionate about the monkeys in their care. It’s a sanctuary for these poor animals , psychologically damaged by the humans who kept them as pets.
It’s not a petting zoo, nor a place to expect to be entertained by performing animals but if you are interested in animal behaviour and really care about animals you will find the sanctuary fascinating. I could have spent many hours just watching the capuchins foraging for food and listening to them ‘chatting’ to each other. I loved hearing about their individual stories and personalities from their keepers.
Watching the excitement when it was monkey snack time was magic and who knew spring onions and chillies could be so special if you’re a monkey!
We enjoyed a lovely coffee and cake from the small cafe, sitting outside, overlooking the sea!
The poor reviews here are such a shame because the sanctuary is doing a fantastic job with very limited resources and really needs our support.
Written 16 February 2024
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Gladice wryte
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
All the monkeys are very sweet and cute, the information is so interesting- you learn about the monkeys and them in the wild but also how they’ve been kept in cruel ways. It’s so nice to see how happy and healthy the monkeys are after their horrible experiences. It’s a very sweet place to go to for about an hour and the prices are very good.
Written 11 November 2023
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Flyer797405
Chippenham, UK5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
I visited this sanctury some 20 years ago and nothing much has changed. They do excellent work rescuing monkeys kept as pets, and all the residents seem healthy and content in their huge and interesting enclosures. The staff are knowledgeable and friendly, with one notable exception who was rude, loud, and a little too creepy for my teenagers. However, the place is still untidy and scruffy, the "gardens" overgrown and the pond in a terrible state. A volunteer weekend might help tackle some of these issues and bring more visitors and ultimately more revenue.
Written 24 October 2023
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Simon P
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The charity does excellent work. First visited them 30 years ago, then 20 years ago. Staff are knowledgeable and lovely, with one notable exception who was rude, loud mouthed, and just a little creepy. Monkeys were in excellent condition and looked happy in their large enclosures. Place hasn't changed much, still scruffy and unkempt. I am sure if they asked for volunteers to help tidy the place up they would get them.
Written 24 October 2023
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Violet-kate
Southampton, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Lovely place to visit. It is a charity and the money you spend goes towards keeping the monkeys cared for. The area with the monkey enclosures is fairly small and we spent about 45 mins looking at the monkeys. Staff are very knowledgable.
Written 1 September 2023
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Maria LS
Chester, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We spent a lovely hour and a half at the monkey sanctuary. We saw 4 different types of monkey and the staff were very friendly and knowledgeable. After a few days of busy tourist spots, this was a very relaxing and calm place to visit. A walk round the garden added to our visit, and there were plenty of places to stop and sit if you wished.
Written 31 August 2023
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DandAMM
Nottingham, UK20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Very worthwhile attraction.
Please note this isn't a theme park, but literally a rescue sanctuary.
It's small but much better than any kind of zoo enclose.
The on-hand staff are very knowledgeable and helpful.
It has a home spun charm and all the better for it.
Written 30 August 2023
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joffy237
Warrington, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We visited as a family (4 adults & 2 young children) in August. We fancied something a bit different and being a huge fan of monkeys we decided to give this a go.

We were a bit worried about some of the reviews suggesting that there’s not much to do and you can be in and out in about an hour. To be fair, I can see why people say this as you can walk around the monkey enclosures in about 15 mins, but there’s a lot more to this place than just the enclosures.

We spent around 3 hours here in the end, looking around the monkeys, sat down for a quick cold drink outside the shop, followed the nature trail, let our little one make a cardboard monkey with the staff on the activity table, and then a bit of time on the play area.

The staff were brilliant, so knowledgeable and passionate about what they do.

We would gladly return again in the future and would recommend a visit.
Written 29 August 2023
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ABCx
United Kingdom17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Today was our third visit, over a period of several years. The priority of this sanctuary is the welfare of primates and the education (not entertainment) of humans, which is just as it should be. I feel I need to counter a couple of reviews earlier this month, whose writers appear to be missing the point. The monkeys have been rescued from appalling conditions and have previously been subjected to abuse at the hands of humans. The carers at this sanctuary are doing their absolute best to rectify the past wrongs of others, and are achieving this with well-engineered, interesting and varied enclosures, which replicate (as best they can in Cornwall) natural habitats. The people caring for the monkeys are well-educated and well informed, they know what each individual needs and they deliver that. I urge visitors to take the time to speak to them, to inform themselves, and take on board the message the sanctuary delivers on the evils of the primate pet trade. By speaking to the carers you learn that the Barbary macaque on his own is bereaved, and they are in the middle of the slow process of introducing him to other macaques. I also recommend the walk around the sloping and glorious wildlife garden below the enclosures, down to the pond. It's beautiful. The cafe is fine (tables and seats were sanitised while we were there), and the views from it absolutely superb, with lush flowers around the grassy area. We were there on a very hot day and there was no whiff of anything unpleasant! Other visitors, including youngsters, were intertested and engaged. This sanctuary is doing a superb job - of care and education. Well done, all of you. A very sound set of ethics.
Written 16 August 2023
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Annette_Whalley
29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Brilliant visit brought to life by the keepers plus a letter hunt for children which was a lot of fun. The knowledge and passion of the keepers in helping the monkeys was first class too. Play area for the kids and small cafe / gift shop on site
Written 14 August 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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