Nestled into the side of the south Cornish coast,between Looe and Seaton, The Monkey Sanctuary has been offering a safe haven for monkeys since 1964. The Sanctuary cares for a range of different species of rescued monkeys, giving visitors an intimate insight to a working sanctuary and a chance to see some of its amazing monkey residents and wildlife inhabitants.
The Monkey Sanctuary is currently home to 40 individuals; each one with their distinct characters and personalities. As we are an active rescue centre dealing with individuals that have often not had a very happy start to life, the needs of the monkeys always take priority. As a result of this, some areas of the rescue centre are not accessible by our visitors so as to give the monkeys the time they need to recover and progress physically, emotionally and socially.
Giving Monkeys a Second Chance
The majority of the primates at The Monkey Sanctuary have been rescued from the UK primate pet trade, whilst some were rescued from the pet and entertainment trades in Europe. They now have the chance to be monkeys again, exploring spacious and enriching enclosures with other monkeys of their own kind. On your visit you will be able to learn all about the monkeys and their history, whilst watching them enjoy their new life.
After 15 long months we are opening our doors again! Due to Covid-19 and the vulnerability of the monkeys, we have to open in a slightly different way. Because of the layout and location of our site, and to ensure the best possible safety and protection from Covid-19 for the monkeys, visitors, and our team, we will be offering pre-booked guided tours.
The tour will take approximately 1 hour walking around the monkey enclosures, talking about the history of the Sanctuary, the species of monkeys that we care for, the UK primate pet trade, and the general running of the Sanctuary.
Once the tour has finished, you can wander in our Wildlife Gardens and enjoy the sea views with light refreshments available for purchase from our small gift shop.
Please visit our website for more information on prices and opening times.
We look forward to seeing you soon!