Monkey Forest reopens

Monkey Forest has welcomed some new arrivals, ahead of reopening its doors to the public.

The Trentham based attraction was told earlier this month that it could reopen its doors, after shutting at the start of lockdown in March.

But bosses decided to wait until today (25 June) to ensure the site is safe for visitors, and the monkeys.

The forest has introduced some new rules and guidance for customers to follow, and visitor numbers will be restricted to ensure social distancing measures.

Tickets will only be available to purchase in advance online, with no ‘on the gate’ tickets available.

They will be sold in half-hour slots with guests being asked to arrive at their allotted time.

Monkey Forest Director Matt Lovatt said: "We’re delighted to be able to welcome visitors back again after being closed since March.

"Despite the announcement that we could reopen from Monday 15th, we want to make sure everything is set up and the park is extra safe for our visitors.

"The monkeys and the staff are certainly ready to get back to the ‘new normal’ and with the attraction being nearly all outdoors it’s the perfect place for people to visit.

“The safety of our guests, our team and the monkeys is at the forefront of what we do.

"We’ve always asked our guests to give the free-roaming monkeys a safety distance, now we’re asking them to do the same for each other!

"We ask that customers help us by reading our new rules before their visit.

"Hand sanitiser is provided on site, we simply ask visitors to keep to social distancing and visit at their allocated time."

As well as welcoming visitors, staff at the forest have also welcomed some very special arrivals.

4 new ‘lockdown-babies’ have been born - 2 baby girls and 2 little boys. 

Matt added: “With the current climate, we feel the news of the births is really positive, exciting news and something we’ve been eagerly awaiting. We have felt very lucky to have these ‘lockdown-babies’ all to ourselves for the past few weeks but can’t wait to welcome visitors. Hopefully, they will catch a glimpse of them too.

“Every single birth is a fantastic addition to this endangered species with fewer than 8000 Barbary macaques left in their mountainous habitats, in Morocco and Algeria.

"At Monkey Forest, we hope we can share their story with visitors and how they too can help protect, geographically, our closest wild-living primate.”



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