The Monkey Sanctuary
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The Monkey Sanctuary, which offers a great day out for the whole family, is situated in woodland overlooking the stunning Looe bay.
For over 30 years, the Victorian house and gardens have provided a home to a colony of monkeys. The sanctuary is an active rescue centre dealing with monkeys that have often not had a very happy start to life. They currently care for three different species: Barbary macaques, capuchins and woolly monkeys.
The landscaped grounds and gardens are in an unspoilt area of natural coastal woodlands which shelter many native plants and insects. Protected species such as the pearl bordered fritillary are encouraged by careful management of of the wildlife gardens and pond.
The gardens are sheltered and surrounded by Beech and Sycamore woodland, there is a forest garden where edible plants are grown for the monkeys, a Victorian garden and spring and summer wildflower meadows.
. For children there is an adventure play ground, The grounds and gardens cared for by the Monkey sanctuary trust which in addition to its work in conservation and welfare for primates, seeks to promote conservation and sustainability in Cornwall. In the gardens and house there are numerous displays on plants, ecology and wildlife conservation.
In the Bat Cave visitors get a fascinating insight into the hidden world of bats. Live footage of the lesser horseshoe bat colony is displayed through a CCTV link from the cellar.
In addition to the beautiful grounds there is a tree top cafe serving delicious vegetarian fare. There are also talks, indoor displays and staff on hand to give insight on the woolly monkeys. Not forgeting the monkeys themselves which can be seen in large enclosures including an open topped trees enclosure.