Last week I had another TV related adventure - you may remember that last year I was in the audience for the live recording of a favourite TV show. Well this year I visited the site of a long running documentary that I discovered this year and have been avidly watching - Monkey World - the monkey and ape rescue centre. Monkey World provides a haven for apes and monkeys that have been rescued from illegal smuggling, use as photographers' props and research labs. They keep their apes in really big family groups in big enclosures. All of the animals have names and through the TV series you learn about the back story of many and get to know their different personalities. One of the TV channels in the UK has been showing all of the old series and after I stumbled upon them I was hooked.
This summer my sister was down in Dorset, near Monkey World so I flew down for 2 days so that we could spend a day at the park. It was fabulous - the enclosures really are big and full of enrichment. The apes and monkeys are free to move between their indoor spaces and outside and so can choose to be off in a corner away from the people or come up to the glass and interact. We spotted many of the characters who we have come to know from the TV show and got to know other newer characters. If you are a fan of the show I'd highly recommend a visit to the park - allow the whole day.
Here are just 4 of the photos I took - I only took pictures through glass or when the animals were high up so my sight line was over the fence.
Looking forward to seeing what caught your eye for a snap collection this week