Sunday, 11 March 2018

Trentham Monkey Forest

Recently, I got to visit one of my most favourite places again: Trentham Monkey Forest. I have always loved animals, especially getting up close and personal with the more unusual animals, like monkeys- so its no surprise that I love Trentham Monkey Forest so much.

Trentham Monkey Forest is located in a beautiful woodland in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, where it is home to 140 free roaming monkeys, where you can walk amongst the roaming, endangered, Barbary Maraques on the visitor pathway which is 3/4 of a mile long.

Most visitors spend a few hours within the monkey enclosure and all are free to re-enter as many times as they wish during their trip. There are multiple information boards along the visitor path for the inquisitive visitors. Knowledgeable guides are situated throughout the forest to help answer any questions you may have during your trip and to ensure the park rules are followed. There are guide talks/feeds where you can watch the monkeys feed and ask questions to the guides about the monkeys if you wish to do so. The talks are hourly and are usually at around quarter past each hour and are most definitely a must watch.

I would definitely take your time to walk around the forest, stop to take pictures and take in the monkeys fascinating behaviour – they’re extremely entertaining to watch, especially when they have young!

After you’ve visited the monkeys there is an on-site information centre, video room, and 2 play areas to help keep kids entertained, as well as the Banana Cafe, Jungle Shop and picnic area.

Trentham Monkey Forest can also be teamed with the other attractions on The Trentham Estate for the perfect full day out if you are looking for this, such as Trentham Gardens, Trentham Shopping village or Aerial Extreme, for not a lot more.

So where did it all begin at Trentham Monkey Forest? 
This unique idea first started back in 1969 when their first park was opened in France. Due to the success of the park a second park was opened in Rocamadour, also in France. Later a third park opened in Germany in 1976.

In 2004 two groups of Barbary macaques from the existing parks were re-homed there, in Trentham, and the park opened to the public in July 2005.

Very sadly, Barbary macaques are listed as endangered by the IUCN Red List due to loss of habitat and the illegal pet trade.

Trentham Monkey Forest aims to provide visitors with a unique, interesting and educational experience, whilst raising awareness and informing the visiters of the involvement in conservation of the endangered wild Barbary macaques, and the research they do to help protect them.

Over 600 Barbary macaques (from their three sister parks) have already been successfully re-introduced into their natural habitat in the Atlas Mountain in Morocco, this is the long term goal for their parks, which is incredible.

Tickets are a reasonable price for such a wonderful day out! Prices are as follows:

Adults: £8.50 each
Concessions: £8.00 each
Children (aged 3 to 14): £6.50 each
Disabled/carers: £5.50 each
Under 3 years old: Free of charge

To plan your visit, check out their website or their facebook
There is absolutely no need to book in advance, unless you are an education group that requires an educator.
Tickets can be purchased on arrival at the ticket kiosk. If you are still unsure, call them on: 01782 659 845.

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