Monkey Haven

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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.

We got a golden gong in the Red Funnel Awards!

We are 'ferry happy' to announce that Monkey Haven has won TWO gorgeous gongs in the Red Funnel Isle of Wight Awards! Earlier this year, around 50,000 staff and customers voted, a short list was drawn up, and then a panel of judges made the final pick. We fended off tough competition to scoop the [...]

By |2020-11-20T17:40:10+00:00November 20th, 2020|Categories: News|

Help us build a ‘monkey mansion’ for the cute Capuchins!

Please text CAP to 70085 to donate £5 to our 2020 Capuchin Appeal! This will cost you £5 plus the cost of a standard text. To mark our 10th birthday, we're raising money for the mischievous monkeys who’ve been with us since the beginning - that's our White-Throated Capuchins. Every penny will go towards creating [...]

By |2020-10-22T15:35:28+00:00October 22nd, 2020|Categories: News|

WOW! We’re in the top 10% of attractions worldwide!

Our primate rescue centre on the Isle of Wight has been voted as being in the top 10% of attractions WORLDWIDE!! "We're so happy, we're literally jumping for joy!" says Head Keeper Lisa Walser. We've just had the official news from TripAdvisor and now we're the proud recipients of a highly sought after Travellers' Choice [...]

By |2020-09-11T16:53:52+00:00August 21st, 2020|Categories: News|

We’re back!!! And we can’t wait to (safely) see you!

*UPDATE  - We are pleased to announce we will be opening our doors again for winter weekends, 10-3pm, from the 5th Dec. Please book your tickets here: We really hope you'll join us this Christmas as we've missed you all so much, and the Keepers and rescued animals can't wait to welcome you [...]

By |2020-11-29T17:50:15+00:00June 23rd, 2020|Categories: News|

We’re ferry pleased to be Red Funnel’s new Charity of the Year!!!

We are 'ferry happy' to announce that Monkey Haven has been named as one of Red Funnel's Charities of the Year 2020 - and this is only possible due to an amazing act of kindness by another Isle of Wight charity. Isle of Wight Independent Life Boats were originally awarded the title, following a vote [...]

By |2020-06-12T14:57:19+00:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: News|

How to support Monkey Haven during this difficult time

Please donate if you can We are unbelievably grateful to all our wonderful supporters who are thinking of Monkey Haven at this difficult time, and want to help us through the Coronavirus crisis. Thank you to everyone who has responded to our new appeal. It's very moving and means the [...]

By |2020-08-21T14:09:36+00:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

10 highlights from 10 happy years

Images: Don Walser, Founder of Monkey Haven, with Xhabu the Siamang Gibbon; Monkey Haven under construction; The Capuchins - the first monkeys we welcomed to the Haven; The Keepers jumping for joy after wining a top award for their talks (VisitEngland's Best Told Story 2018).  Once upon a time, there was a muddy field [...]

By |2020-03-11T13:19:29+00:00March 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

Get well soon, beautiful Bono!

Photo: Poorly Bono  Bono, one of our gorgeous Gibbons, has been fighting a serious illness - and the Keepers have been caring for her, night and day. They've even been coming into work in their pyjamas to check on her. Bono, a Mueller's Gibbon, is one of our oldest primates, having recently celebrated her 35th [...]

By |2020-02-03T08:08:05+00:00February 2nd, 2020|Categories: News|

Our Keepers are on ‘toad patrol’

Picture: Supporters of 'toad patrol' include comedian Russell Brand Our Keepers will be on 'toad patrol' over the next six weeks, joining other Islanders in a bid to reduce the number of squashed amphibians on the roads. Common toads are declining in the UK and thousands are killed each Spring as they make their way [...]

By |2020-01-17T16:32:59+00:00January 17th, 2020|Categories: News|

Free cuppas for crafters

Pictured in the slideshow: the Keepers learning to knit, under the watchful eye of Joan Walser (the wife of Monkey Haven's founder, Don Walser). You can also see Kookie the Kookaburra plus Oz, Sheila, Bill and Bong, our rescued Boobook owls - these beautiful birds are all native Australians. Are you a knitting demon? Clever at [...]

By |2020-01-15T17:34:05+00:00January 13th, 2020|Categories: News|

We’ve struck GOLD in the Beautiful South Awards… again!

Picture 1: Shiny Happy People at Monkey Haven. Don Walser, Founder of Monkey Haven (far right) with the award-winning team. From left: Antony, Emily, Jordan, Katie, Lisa, Lilymae, Don and Alfie the dog  Picture 2: Kelly and David Wickes from Monkey Haven (centre) at the Beautiful South Awards 2019-20. Presenter Simon Calder is on the [...]

By |2020-02-27T14:46:43+00:00December 11th, 2019|Categories: News|

Fingers crossed for a big new award… and we’re ‘commended’ for being green!

Everyone's got their fingers crossed at Monkey Haven - as we've been shortlisted for a major award and we'll find out if we're a winner very soon! We've reached the finals of the 'Small Visitor Attraction of the Year' category in 2019's Beautiful South Tourism Awards. This means that we could get a highly prized [...]

By |2019-10-29T13:07:42+00:00October 28th, 2019|Categories: News|

Goodbye lovely Djebra – you were one of a kind

We're so sad to report that beautiful Djebra – a Red-Tailed Guenon, who was the only one of his kind in the UK – has passed away at the age of 24. This characterful monkey used to be an illegal pet in Israel, until he was confiscated by the authorities and given his 'forever' home [...]

By |2019-10-15T14:57:06+00:00October 15th, 2019|Categories: News|

Welcoming some very special children to Monkey Haven

Pictured: Cody Tosdivine with Groot the Eagle Owl, earlier this year; The Keepers with a giant monkey to give to Beaulieu House; from L to R Keeper Lilymae, Brendan (in orange), Rhys (in burgundy), Dave the monkey, Carer from Beaulieu House, and Keeper Carrie-Anne; Rhys with Dave the monkey. We have been welcoming some very [...]

By |2019-09-23T07:29:37+00:00September 12th, 2019|Categories: News|