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

Finally, after what seems like a million years, we've opened our doors again, and we really hope you'll join us for some Monkey Haven fun! We've missed you all so much, and the Keepers and rescued animals can't wait to welcome you back to our primate rescue centre, which re-opened on Wednesday 1st [...]

By |2020-07-23T20:07:31+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 |2020-06-23T12:16:55+00:00April 10th, 2020|Categories: News|

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

We are so sad to announce that we're temporarily closed, in response to the Coronavirus crisis. The Founder of Monkey Haven, Don Walser, would like to share a personal video thanking visitors, staff and the NHS, which saved his life when he had a heart attack two years ago. The video was [...]

By |2020-04-21T16:59:07+00:00March 16th, 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|

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|