Experience being a Primate Keeper for a Day!

Start the day by meeting one of the sanctuary’s dedicated primate care staff for a talk before mucking in to clean out the monkey enclosures! Then spend the rest of the day meeting our rescued monkeys and listening to all of their incredible stories, as well as helping to forage for edible wild leaves for them to eat and making them some fun enrichment to enjoy!

Our Keeper for a Day experience provides a once in a lifetime opportunity to gain a unique insight into the day-to-day life of our carers.

All the money we raise through this scheme goes to support our charity’s work, so your day as a primate carer will be making a difference to primates and habitats worldwide too!

During the open season at The Monkey Sanctuary, we run experiences for those who have always wanted to know what it is like to be a primate carer. Working closely with experienced members of the Primate Welfare Team, participants gain a behind-the-scenes insight into their roles and become involved in important aspects of the monkeys’ lives.


Things you need to know before buying:

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  • Available Mondays and Saturdays only from April-October (excluding all school holidays).
  • Unfortunately, experiences are not available for anyone under 18 years of age.
  • There will be no hands-on contact with any of the monkeys at any time.
  • If you are buying this as a gift for someone, please provide their name and address in the checkout process otherwise the Welcome Pack will be put into the name of the payer.
  • All dates are subject to availability. Only one experience can be run per day and the dates fill up quickly so it is advised that you book well in advance to avoid disappointment!
  • It is recommended you wear clothes and footwear suitable for working in an outdoor environment in all weather conditions.
  • The wearing of face masks is mandatory on all experiences.


This unique opportunity to be a primate keeper for a day is £160 per person or £250 for two people.

For any further information then please contact: [email protected]


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Comments from previous Keeper for a Day participants:

“We both had a thoroughly enjoyable day and loved all of it. It is a beautiful place and it shows everyone cares enormously about the welfare of each and every monkey. Thank you so much for giving us a day never to be forgotten. We shall definitely re-visit next year.”

“Well what can I say – absolutely wonderful experience. This was bought as a gift for me from my parents for my 18th birthday some 18 months ago, but because of Covid we couldn’t go. The experience was for 2 people so my Mum could enjoy this with me. The long awaited experience was well worth the wait! The itinery for the day was well thought out, and we cleaned the monkey’s cage, helped feed them and were able to go behind the scenes to see how the sanctuary is run. The staff were so knowledgeable and helpful and are very passionate about their work. It was so lovely to have the sanctuary to ourselves as the experience is run when it is shut to the public. All in all a very memorable experience from start to finish.”

“My family and friends jointly treated me to this fantastic experience for my 60th birthday. From arrival to departure we had a fantastic experience. The staff were both friendly and knowledgeable and were more than accommodating throughout the day. Every person that showed us around was both enthusiastic about their involvement with the monkeys and happy to show us what they do. The whole day was a fantastic experience which I would love to do again and recommend to everyone who loves monkeys.”


Please Note: As a ‘hands on’ experience, you will be required to work alongside the trained primate welfare team in any weather conditions. The work does require some physical exertion. Please ask for advice if you have any medical condition or disability that you are concerned may affect your ability to enjoy the experience to the full. We will make every effort to adapt the experience to your needs. There is no direct contact with the monkeys at any point during the day. For insurance purposes, the scheme is only open to those aged 18 and over. Pregnant people are not able to participate in this experience.

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