Nine new baby monkeys have just been born at Trentham Monkey Forest – and you can visit them yourself this summer.
Trentham Monkey Forest – which first opened in 2005, and is just over an hour away from Manchester – offers visitors a unique insight into a highly-endangered monkey species who live freely in a setting similar to their natural habitat in Morocco.
Staff are excited to announce the arrival of nine baby Barbary Macaques, and visitors are encouraged to come see the babies this summer as they explore their new world.
Trentham Forest said it is thrilled to have welcomed the baby monkeys -especially as the species is so endangered that every birth is crucial.
Just like in the wild, births at Trentham Monkey Forest occur high up in the trees at night, with no unwarranted interference from the team during the pregnancy or birth.
Newborns are only confirmed when staff spot a tiny new bundle clinging to its mother the following morning.
“Each birth that we have here is special,” said Matt Lovatt, Park Director at Trentham Monkey Forest.
“The babies are very popular, both with our customers and amongst the monkeys too.
“The males help care for the babies, despite paternity not being known [and] it’s a fascinating trait as they use the babies to help form bonds”.
The Forest works closely with organisations that help protect the wild Barbary Macaques in Morocco and Algeria, and also tries to educate visitors about this endangered species.
Fancy paying the monkeys a visit?
Tickets are priced at £7.50 for children and £9.50 for adults, with some concessions available.
You can also get ‘Advance Online Discounts’ via the Trentham Monkey Forest website.