Cornwall Living 2018

The Monkey Sanctuary

The Monkey Sanctuary celebrates its 50th anniversary

Nestled into the side of the south Cornish coast between Looe and Seaton you will find The Monkey Sanctuary, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Founded in 1964 by Len Williams, The Monkey Sanctuary was set up to care for ex-pet monkeys.  It has cared for more than 160 monkeys over the past 50 years and is currently home to 37 monkeys rescued from the UK and international primate pet trades.

On visiting The Monkey Sanctuary, there’s a lot to do for the whole family: you can take a tour of the monkey enclosures and learn about these fascinating creatures from the team of expert keepers.  Or take a gentle stroll around the beautiful woodland gardens – a haven for native wildlife.  Delicious food is served all day from the award winning Treetop café or visitors are welcome to enjoy a picnic.  The children will be enticed by the play area, where they can swing like monkeys or take part in arts and crafts in the activity room.

The Monkey Sanctuary is the flagship project of leading primate welfare charity Wild Futures.  As well as running The Monkey Sanctuary, Wild Futures supports various overseas projects focused on primate welfare and habitat conservation.

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In the UK, Wild Futures campaigns heavily to end the primate pet trade, knowing all too well the damage that the trade causes.  In fact the charity estimates there are approximately 5,000 privately owned primates in the UK and fears the trade has risen over recent years from a rise in demand for its rescue services.

By visiting The Monkey Sanctuary, not only will you have a great day out, but you can feel good knowing that your entrance fee is directly supporting primates worldwide.

There are other ways you can help support the vital work of Wild Futures – why not take part in a Wild Futures event – from cycle rides to haunted sleepovers, there is something for everyone!  Or you could adopt a monkey for just £3 a month.

To find out more about visiting the The Monkey Sanctuary go to  To find out more about Wild Futures’ events and adopting a monkey, visit

Wild Futures and The Monkey Sanctuary

Murrayton House,
St Martin,
PL13 1NZ

Tel: 0844 272 1271