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How to support Monkey Haven during this difficult time

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 world to us. If you are able to support Monkey [...]

By |2020-03-26T16:54:36+00:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: News|

Sad news: we are closing (for now) due to Coronavirus

We are so sad to announce that we'll be temporarily closing our doors, in response to the Coronavirus crisis. The Founder of Monkey Haven, Don Walser, says this is our 'moral duty' and would like to share a personal video thanking visitors, staff and the NHS - which saved his life, when he [...]

By |2020-03-23T08:06:34+00:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: News|

Coming soon: Praia’s birthday!

It's Praia's birthday on Friday 3rd April 2019 Pretty Praia will soon be 11 years old! We'll be hosting a little party with treats and a healthy cake for Praia and friends to share. If you would like to buy this fabulous Colobus monkey a birthday pressie, then please click here to choose a special [...]

By |2019-09-12T19:14:24+00:00March 16th, 2020|Categories: Birthdays, 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|

Goodbye Geertje… we’ll miss you

Pictured above: Geertje; and Nanushka showing her broken arm caused by the in-fighting We're all head over heels for gorgeous Geertje the Barbary Macaque, so it breaks our hearts to say goodbye to him. However it's time to let go, and give this troubled monkey the chance of happiness in a bigger troop that will [...]

By |2019-06-23T19:57:33+00:00June 23rd, 2019|Categories: News|

Say hello to our new pocket Rocket

We are delighted to welcome Rocket, a Common Marmoset, to the Monkey Haven family. It's hard to believe it, but this two year old mini monkey was spotted up for sale on Instagram. An animal lover called Jade bought him, out of pity, when she saw the sad looking creature pictured in a tiny cage. [...]

By |2019-06-12T17:56:59+00:00June 12th, 2019|Categories: News, Rescue|

Meet the new giant gorilla at Monkey Haven

Pictured: The Keepers with the new arrival (L to R Sarah Pulman, Charlotte Cooke, Lizzy Mcnamara & Katie Gates from the Tea Room); the lorry bringing him to Monkey Haven; wheeling him in; with visitor Phoebe; and with Keeper Charlotte Cooke The Keepers at Monkey Haven have taken delivery of a massive new primate - [...]

By |2019-06-06T15:20:35+00:00June 4th, 2019|Categories: News|

Get the #happyapp & win free family tickets

Have you checked out our new free App yet? You can go on a banana trail around the park, get the goss on your favourite animals, and take your own souvenir selfies. The pictures above were taken by our crazy Keepers! We’re going to be giving away free family tickets for our favourite Appy snaps, [...]

By |2019-05-30T17:28:24+00:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: News|