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About Monkey Haven

We're a happy home for rescued monkeys, birds of prey and many more exotic creatures - come and meet the animals at our sanctuary on the Isle of Wight.

OMG we’re the No 1 small attraction in England!!

We're totally reeling from the incredible news that we're the No 1 Small Visitor Attraction in England! In a ceremony today, at London's swanky Hilton Wardorf, we were given the top award possible by VisitEngland in the 2017 Awards for Excellence: a very gorgeous GOLD! Comedian Sue Perkin presented us with the little beauty shown [...]

By | April 24th, 2017|Categories: News|

Top award: wish us luck!

Monkey Haven has been shortlisted by VisitEngland in their Awards for Excellence 2017 as one of the top three small visitor attractions in the country!! Monkey Haven's Founder, Don Walser, and his daughter, Kelly Wickes, will be heading up to the big Island for a swanky ceremony at London's Hilton Waldorf. On Monday 24 April, [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: News|

Monkey Uni’s Open Day: Saturday 6th May

Special talk times 11.30am: What are Macaques? 12.30pm: How primates communicate 1.30pm: How to protect Macaques thanks to conservation education 2.30pm: Demo with the Barbary Macaques Clear your diaries for Saturday 6th May - as we're hosting a special Open Day for 'Monkey University'. Boffins from the University of Portsmouth will be in town to [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: News|

Aaahhhhhhhh!!! New baby alert!

We've all gone totally baby crazy with the arrival of a new little Capuchin. The sweetest bundle of fur made his or her first appearance on Saturday morning, just in time for Easter (we don't know yet if it's a male or female, all will be revealed in due course). Mum Lulu has been keeping [...]

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: News|

Coming soon: Tornado’s birthday!

It's Tornado's birthday on Thursday 27th April 2017 Beautiful Tornado will soon be 22 years old! We'll be hosting a little party with treats and a healthy cake for Tornado and friends to share. If you would like to buy our black and white beauty a pressie, then please click here to choose a special [...]

By | April 12th, 2017|Categories: Birthdays, News|

We’re one of the Top 3 small attractions in England!

We are soooo excited to announce that Monkey Haven has been selected by the national tourist board as one of top three small attractions in the country! We've been shortlisted by VisitEngland in the prestigious Awards for Excellence 2017, which celebrate the very best in English tourism. The winners will be announced at a glittering [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Categories: News|

Monkey Haven wins top tourism accolade

Monkey Haven on the Isle of Wight has just struck Gold by winning one of the biggest awards in Tourism – a VisitEngland Gold accolade in the prestigious Visitor Attraction category. A spokesman for VisitEngland commented: “This accolade is testament to the high standards achieved, which the assessor felt were truly deserving of recognition.” The [...]

By | February 13th, 2017|Categories: Press|

We’re struck GOLD again!!! This time – from VisitEngland!

We are so excited to announce that Monkey Haven has just won one of the biggest awards in Tourism - a VisitEngland Gold accolade for our Visitor Attraction! A spokesman for VisitEngland commented: "This accolade is testament to the high standards achieved, which the assessor felt were truly deserving of recognition." This golden gong comes [...]

By | February 12th, 2017|Categories: News|


Monkey Haven has won one of the most prestigious awards in Tourism for the South of England - a GOLD Beautiful South Award in the 2016 Small Visitor Attraction category. At a rather fabulous ceremony last night, held at Southampton's Ageas Bowl Hilton, we were presented with our huge crystal trophy. "We were so nervous [...]

By | November 25th, 2016|Categories: News|

TripAdvisor triumph

Thank you SO much to everyone who's supported Monkey Haven by writing a review of your time with us for TripAdvisor. We have just been awarded a Certificate of Excellence for 2016 - and that's all thanks to YOU. Don Walser, Founder of Monkey Haven, says: "We love hearing about the fun you've had and [...]

By | November 14th, 2016|Categories: News|

Christmas at Monkey Haven

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who's visited Monkey Haven this year. We hope you've had as much fun as we have, and we appreciate your support. As the weather gets chillier, the animals need to spend more time indoors in their snug, warm homes - so our opening hours are more limited. We're now [...]

By | November 8th, 2016|Categories: News|

Cake-o-clock for cyclists

Throughout November, we're running a new promotion to encourage everyone to go green and come to Monkey Haven by bike. ‘Cake-o-clock’ will reward you with a tasty piece of cake when you buy your admission ticket to our primate rescue centre. So hop on your bikes - and we'll see you soon! Ts&Cs: To qualify [...]

By | October 17th, 2016|Categories: News|

Meet Monkey Haven

Monkey Haven will be operating a new service throughout the autumn and winter called ‘Meet Monkey Haven’. Our brilliant Keepers are available to visit schools, hospitals, nursing homes, and community events, to tell everyone about our amazing rescue animals. If you would like them to, then they can bring a gorgeous owl with them - [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: News|

Wowza! Our award nomination!

We are delighted to announce that Monkey Haven has been shortlisted for 2016's Beautiful South Tourism Awards for the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year. We'll find out whether the judges have given us Gold, Silver or Bronze at a ceremony on 24th November - so wish us luck! We are all rather chuffed to [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|Categories: News|

We’ve joined Snapchat!

We hope you've already liked us on Facebook. Followed us on Twitter. And checked us out on YouTube and Instagram. So what's next? Well, we've just joined Snapchat! Keepers Lillymae and Charlotte are our social media gurus - and they'll be posting fun little vids and pics for you to enjoy at monkeyhaven1. So, keep [...]

By | July 18th, 2016|Categories: News|

Meet the Monkeymobiles

Watch out, watch out, there are Monkeymobiles about! Keep your eyes peeled around the Island for our very distinctive vans. Whether we're picking up supplies - or monkeys - they make us smile. And we hope they make you smile too! :)

By | June 25th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: |


We're loving seeing all the pictures you've been tweeting us as @MonkeyIOW - the new 'peekaboo' boards are proving very popular and your pics really make us laugh (or go ahhhh when it's a baby)! Thank you - keep 'em coming - and check them out on our Twitter site!

By | June 24th, 2016|Categories: News|

Thank you, David Seymour

A big THANK YOU to David Seymour for sponsoring our Colobus monkey enclosure. We've got lots of exciting plans for these gorgeous rescue monkeys, so that we can give them even more space to jump around in (and strike poses in the sunlight!). Thank you, David - we look forward to your next visit! xx

By | May 27th, 2016|Categories: Thanks|

Thank you, Martin Newham #2

We're so grateful to our generous supporter Martin Newham, who has sponsored the new home for our Grivets. These rescue monkeys have settled in well to their new des res, which features hammocks, beams, and a lawn where they can forage for live bugs (a Grivet's idea of bliss!). Thank you, Martin xx

By | May 27th, 2016|Categories: Thanks|

Creative monkeys competition

A huge thank you to all the children and teachers who entered our Year of the Monkey competition. We asked the Island's schools to draw pictures or create models to show monkeys enjoying themselves during the Year of the Monkey, which runs throughout 2016. The standard was amazingly high and we found it really tough to choose. However, [...]

By | March 28th, 2016|Categories: News|