Monkey World near Weymouth
Monkey World is Britain’s best known ape rescue centre. The centre is a short drive out of Weymouth, near Wool. The park is home to about 25 species of primate, including chimpanzees, orang-utans, lemurs, spider monkeys and gibbons. The paths winding around the park are gently sloping but also fairly long, so the infirm may need to hire a mobility scooter to get around. The monkeys generally prefer warmer weather therefore it is best to visit on sunny days if you can.
As you enter Monkey World, there is a very large enclosure in front which houses the largest group of chimpanzees outside Africa. Guided tours take you round 5 species of gibbon, 2 species of orang-utan, capuchins, marmosets, tamarinds, spider and squirrel monkeys. There is a wildlife wood walk where it is sometimes possible to spot deer, badger and foxes. There is an enclosure where the noisiest inmates live – the Ring-Tailed Lemurs. All around the park, there are benches and several cafes where you can sit and relax between “safaris”.