Based near the North Cornwall town of Looe, The Monkey Sanctuary is home to 37 individuals; each one with their distinct characters and personalities. They 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 to visitors so as to give the monkeys the time they need to recover and progress physically, emotionally and socially.
The Monkey Sanctuary is home to much more than just monkeys; you can find out more about all the Cornish bugs and beasties in our wildlife room, bat cam area and wildlife gardens. The wildlife room allows our visitors to find out more about the vast array of plants, insects, birds, mammals and amphibians that make their home within the nine acre site.
The gardens are designed to be attractive to both visitors and wildlife. Sheltered and surrounded by Beech and Sycamore woodland, the gardens are situated on a south-facing slope, overlooking Looe Bay, which over the years has been divided into different areas to attract various species of plants and animals.
The Sanctuary is committed to managing all the grounds for wildlife. There are about 285 wildflower species, 23 butterfly species, 54 moth species, 15 mammal species, 6 amphibian and reptile species and at least 60 bird species. This represents a rich wealth of sometimes hidden wildlife.