June 2016 – Monkey Forest

Some of our more adventurous members made their way to the ‘Monkey Forest’ at Trentham.

Barbary Macaque at Monkey Forest, Trentham. Photo by Tim Ellis

Barbary Macaque at Monkey Forest, Trentham. Photo by Tim Ellis

Here there are about 140 Barbary Macaques roaming freely among trees and open spaces. Along the visitor pathways there are many information boards with snippets of information. This is good because the facts are simple to read and to remember. There are also question and answer boards. It was noticed that many families were using these boards with enjoyment.

Every hour a short feed and talk is given, and there are several members of staff around to answer any query. Because these monkeys live in altitudes of up to 2000 metres where the climate is similar to ours, they are able to live outdoors throughout the year in Trentham. We discovered that the oldest monkey in the forest is some 30 years of age (equivalent to about 100 human years).

We all enjoyed our time there, though we must warn you that there are a few ups and downs along the pathway.  Do go if enjoy the sight of monkeys being real monkeys!

Report by Ivan Ellis

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