Primate Keeper For A Day

A Primate Keeper experience for one person at The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall
Primate Keeper Experiences at The Monkey Sanctuary

Included in your fantastic primate keeper for a day experience: 

  • A full day (8hrs) exclusive one on one experience
  • Participate in the daily tasks of a real primate keeper
  • Gain a deeper insight into primate conservation & welfare
  • Hear the interesting tales of each rescued monkey
  • A souvenir Monkey Sanctuary T-shirt
  • A commemorative certificate
  • Lunch & refreshments
  • Free park admission for a guest (entry after 11am)
  • Make a difference to primates, all monies go to charity
  • Free Friends of Wild Futures membership – members receive regular updates, a badge, a car sticker and a photo of one of the monkeys.

 

 £150

Things to know, before you go:

  • Your voucher is valid for 10 months.
  • This experience is for one person.
  • Pre-booking is essential. You are advised to book two weeks in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Please note that the Sanctuary is only open from Sunday – Thursdays from April until October.
  • This is an exclusive private experience with you and the primate keeper.
  • This is not suitable for spectators, however you will receive a guest pass for free entry into the sanctuary for one person.
  • The sanctuary is open to the public from 11am until 4pm and entry charges are £8 for adults and £5 for children.
  • It is recommended you wear clothes and footwear suitable for working with animals in an outdoor environment. This experience is not wheelchair accessible.

 

 £150

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by Fusilier2464 on
“Primate keeper for the day”

Having had an interest in primates since my early years then receiving the gift of being a primate keeper for the day at Wild Futures monkey sanctuary was the ultimate gift. From a professionally run adventure the meet and greet throughout the day by various keepers with individual tasks was perfect, everyone not only remembers your name but that also of my wife's. To be introduced to the lifestyle routine of being a keeper was a delight, having one to one introductions to the keepers and for them to share their insight into the various characters within each group of either new world or old world primates was not only educational but also eye opening. A real ' behind the screen' treat that will leave you fully appreciating the commitment Wild Futures provides to ensure the quality of life for the primates are the best as possible.
A huge thank you to Will, Brian, Kim and all the staff who ensured that my day was not only perfect but extremely memorable

by Jodie W on
"Super Day!"

Had a super day with informed, dedicated and passionate keepers who really care for the monkeys and their welfare. Learned so much about the monkeys and under the guidance of an expert went collecting (and tasting!) leaves and flowers for the monkeys' evening snack. Gives a great insight on the hard work the keepers do and the stories behind the monkeys and we were well looked after for the whole day. Would recommend this experience to anyone with an interest in animals and animal welfare. The cafe also served very tasty pasties!

by Christopher B on
"Overall well worth it"

Just returned from a day as a 'Monkey Keeper' and myself and my partner had a fantastic time. The venue was set at a amazing sanctuary right on the Cornish Coast. We spent our day assisting the keepers in their day to day routines and it would not be exaggerating to say they made us feel more welcome than anywwhere I've been previously. The activities themselves were basic i.e. cleaning out Monkey pens, making fruit, picking leaves etc. which at first I was concerned wasn't going to be that fun! However on balance I have to say because of the location and the friendliness of the keepers it gave us a real insight into actually being a keeper. The only drawback which stops me from rating this as 5* is there was no actual contact with monkeys for us or the keepers. This was for safety reasons, which I can understand. Overall well worth it and I would recommend.

by Laura P on
"Learn about & interact with the monkeys"

A great opportunity to not only learn about and interact with the monkeys, but to really feel part of something important by contributing physically and financially to their welfare and enrichment.

by Rebecca L on
"Being a Keeper in the Monkey Sanctuary"

Completely different from my day to day life however I was welcomed into the world of being a keeper in the monkey sanctuary. Each and every person was warm, friendly and informative.

£150

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What You Get

Included in your fantastic primate keeper for a day experience: 

  • A full day (8hrs) exclusive one on one experience
  • Participate in the daily tasks of a real primate keeper
  • Gain a deeper insight into primate conservation & welfare
  • Hear the interesting tales of each rescued monkey
  • A souvenir Monkey Sanctuary T-shirt
  • A commemorative certificate
  • Lunch & refreshments
  • Free park admission for a guest (entry after 11am)
  • Make a difference to primates, all monies go to charity
  • Free Friends of Wild Futures membership – members receive regular updates, a badge, a car sticker and a photo of one of the monkeys.

 

 £150

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Need to Know

Things to know, before you go:

  • Your voucher is valid for 10 months.
  • This experience is for one person.
  • Pre-booking is essential. You are advised to book two weeks in advance to avoid disappointment.
  • Please note that the Sanctuary is only open from Sunday – Thursdays from April until October.
  • This is an exclusive private experience with you and the primate keeper.
  • This is not suitable for spectators, however you will receive a guest pass for free entry into the sanctuary for one person.
  • The sanctuary is open to the public from 11am until 4pm and entry charges are £8 for adults and £5 for children.
  • It is recommended you wear clothes and footwear suitable for working with animals in an outdoor environment. This experience is not wheelchair accessible.

 

 £150

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Reviews

There are currently 5 reviews for this Primate Keeper Day Experience. Submit your own.

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by Fusilier2464 on
“Primate keeper for the day”

Having had an interest in primates since my early years then receiving the gift of being a primate keeper for the day at Wild Futures monkey sanctuary was the ultimate gift. From a professionally run adventure the meet and greet throughout the day by various keepers with individual tasks was perfect, everyone not only remembers your name but that also of my wife's. To be introduced to the lifestyle routine of being a keeper was a delight, having one to one introductions to the keepers and for them to share their insight into the various characters within each group of either new world or old world primates was not only educational but also eye opening. A real ' behind the screen' treat that will leave you fully appreciating the commitment Wild Futures provides to ensure the quality of life for the primates are the best as possible.
A huge thank you to Will, Brian, Kim and all the staff who ensured that my day was not only perfect but extremely memorable

by Jodie W on
"Super Day!"

Had a super day with informed, dedicated and passionate keepers who really care for the monkeys and their welfare. Learned so much about the monkeys and under the guidance of an expert went collecting (and tasting!) leaves and flowers for the monkeys' evening snack. Gives a great insight on the hard work the keepers do and the stories behind the monkeys and we were well looked after for the whole day. Would recommend this experience to anyone with an interest in animals and animal welfare. The cafe also served very tasty pasties!

by Christopher B on
"Overall well worth it"

Just returned from a day as a 'Monkey Keeper' and myself and my partner had a fantastic time. The venue was set at a amazing sanctuary right on the Cornish Coast. We spent our day assisting the keepers in their day to day routines and it would not be exaggerating to say they made us feel more welcome than anywwhere I've been previously. The activities themselves were basic i.e. cleaning out Monkey pens, making fruit, picking leaves etc. which at first I was concerned wasn't going to be that fun! However on balance I have to say because of the location and the friendliness of the keepers it gave us a real insight into actually being a keeper. The only drawback which stops me from rating this as 5* is there was no actual contact with monkeys for us or the keepers. This was for safety reasons, which I can understand. Overall well worth it and I would recommend.

by Laura P on
"Learn about & interact with the monkeys"

A great opportunity to not only learn about and interact with the monkeys, but to really feel part of something important by contributing physically and financially to their welfare and enrichment.

by Rebecca L on
"Being a Keeper in the Monkey Sanctuary"

Completely different from my day to day life however I was welcomed into the world of being a keeper in the monkey sanctuary. Each and every person was warm, friendly and informative.

£150

What to expect on your Primate Keeper Day

This is the perfect day out for anyone who enjoys animals because primates are simply such interesting and wonderful creatures to watch and get to know! With this experience you do just that as whilst you shadow a primate keeper all day you get to see the monkeys up close in their day to day environment, hear stories about their histories which influenced their individual personalities, see these exuberant personalities in action, learn about the care needs & wants of these clever primates and see how primate keeping focuses on bringing the best out of each animal in its care.

 

Your day will start off well before the sanctuary is open to the public because this is a full 8 hour day experience! Typically, The Monkey Sanctuary is open from 11am, so don’t worry you still won’t have to get up too early. Upon your arrival you will be welcomed warmly and offered refreshments, as you meet with one of the Primate Welfare team members who work as Primate Keepers at the park. They will be your personal & exclusive guide for the day. They have a huge amount of knowledge and practical experience in primate care so you can be certain to learn a lot from them. You will also find that their passion for their work is inspiring and contagious.

 

In fact, it is because the Primate Welfare team members at The Monkey Sanctuary are so good at sharing their knowledge & enthusiasm about their work, that people who do this experience actually enjoy the tasks that are assigned to them during the day. Afterall, cleaning enclosures, preparing food and going out and foraging for leaves for the monkeys to eat, may seem a little less than exciting, but when you are out there in the thick of it, seeing how these activities brighten the lives of the 39 monkeys that reside at the sanctuary, how they contribute as well to the overall health and wellbeing of these little guys and also especially when you learn about some of the very difficult and sad early starts these adorable creatures were rescued from, suddenly Primate Keeper work is clearly rewarding, inspiring, uplifting and just plain fun!

 

So that is what you can expect, as once the official meet & greet is over, your day as a Primate Keeper begins and you will be taken out and about in the sanctuary and participate in all of the normal daily work of the staff at the sanctuary, learning so much as you go and seeing the monkeys much closer than you ordinarily would at a zoo. When its time for lunch, you will be provided with lunch and refreshments at the on site Tree Top Cafe and you can take this time to reflect on your day so far or if you took advantage of the free guest pass to the sanctuary that was included with this Primate Keeper Day experience then perhaps you might want to hook up with them during the break and excitedly tell them all about what you have been doing.

 

The remainder of the day will continue along the same vein. Meeting the monkeys in your care, getting to know them and what makes their personality unique, learning interesting things about primates in general as well as specific facts about the Barbary Macaques, Woolly and Capuchin monkeys that call The Monkey Sanctuary home and then participating in the daily tasks that make the lives of these rescued rascals so much better than before.

 

Finally at the end of the day, you will be presented with a well earned commemorative certificate, a Monkey Sanctuary t-shirt and so that you can continue hearing about all of your new monkey mates you will also be honoured with a full year’s membership with the ‘Friends of Wild Futures’ organisation. You will probably be exhausted, but when you get home and wind down, you will realise that you just had a truly awesome day as a Primate Keeper!

Primate Keeper Days - The Monkey Sanctuary
Primate Keeper Day Location
Monkey - Primate Keeper Experience

About the Park

The Monkey Sanctuary also known as “Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary” is set in a beautiful location overlooking the Cornish Coast and amongst woodlands. Monkeys really are their speciality, but there are also gardens, a play area, a cafe, gift shop and also a Wildlife Room housing birds, insects, mammals & amphibians that make their home on the 9 acre property of the sanctuary, as well as a 25 year old colony of the rare lesser horseshoe bat!

As for the 39 individual monkeys on site, they are made up of Capuchin & Woolly Monkeys as well as Barbary Macaques. Each monkey has their own individual personality and as many of them are ‘rescued’ they all have their own personal story and name. The Monkey Sanctuary is all about rehabilitating these unique animals and so when necessary they are kept away from the public in the on site Rescue Centre so that they can recover from any past traumas.

The Monkey Sanctuary is truly a heartwarming & safe haven seeking to improve the lives of monkeys that have had a difficult past.

Primate Keeper Experiences at The Monkey Sanctuary

Where It’s At

From Plymouth: take A38 to Trerulefoot roundabout (near Tideford). Take 1st exit off roundabout (signposted Looe & Polperro). Next take a right turn (towards Looe & Polperro). Follow road through Hessenford, through Wide Gates (continue straight on) &, at No Mans Land, turn left & follow Monkey Sanctuary signs.

From Liskeard: take A38 towards Plymouth, follow signs to Looe (B3252). Take a left turn at Twinaways Farm (signposted Monkey Sanctuary). At the end of the lane, continue straight over crossroads. At Bindown, turn right onto main road after Post Office and immediately left through No Mans Land. Follow signs for the Monkey Sanctuary.

From Looe: Leave Looe with river on your left. Take the right turn on the hill towards Torpoint and Plymouth. Pass church on left and Looe Bay and Tregoad campsites on right. At top of hill take right turn onto single track lane (signposted Monkey Sanctuary) and follow signs.

Finding The Best Price

Because we specialise in just Zoo, Safari Park and Wildlife Park experiences we are able to find you the lowest prices from a wide range of well known online gift stores. We scan these stores regularly for their latest prices and offers and will always recommend the lowest priced vouchers on our sales pages. When you make your decision on which zoo keeper experience day is for you, we will transfer you directly to the sales carts or information pages of these stores, so that you can make your purchase. Alternatively, if you would like to browse all of the zoo and other animal keeper experiences available from all of the Big 5 online gift stores, visit our ‘Latest Deals‘ listing. This will show you in a comparison table the prices for our Zoo Keeper for a day experiences from all five of the online stores.

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