Monkey Forest launches a brand-new adoption pack to help save the world’s threatened primates

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Passionate primate protectors can now adopt all baby monkeys born at Trentham Monkey Forest to help fund VITAL primate conservation & research.

The fascinating Staffordshire attraction has announced the launch of a brand-new adoption pack available to guests, with the proceeds supporting the uphill battle against primate extinction.

The unique forest has 140 free-roaming Barbary macaque inhabitants. Due to the damning fact that there are less than 8,000 wild Barbary macaques left, Trentham Monkey Forest is strongly committed to the protection of the species.

However, Monkey Forest recognise that the illegal pet trade, deforestation, and other environmental issues are having devastating impacts to ALL OF the wild primate population and want to extend a helping hand out to ALL wild primates through the launch of these packs.

The sale of an adoption pack will donate to organisations who actively promote and financially support research into all aspects of primate biology, conservation, and management.

Monkey Forest Park Director Matt Lovatt says:

“ Unfortunately, it is not only our monkeys fighting a losing battle, 75% of the world's primates are declining in numbers and the longer we leave it, the higher this percentage will increase. 

Due to this sad situation, we are launching a brand-new adoption pack this winter, with the proceeds going to vital primate conservation work and research happening all over the globe”

Monkey Forest want to thank every adoptee as they are contributing to a massive cause. So, within the pack, adoptees will get a ‘legacy leaf’ allowing members of the public to hang on Trentham Monkey Forest’s brand-new conservation tree when they re-open in February 2022. These leaves will represent the unified fight against primate extinction.

Adoptee’s can write their name and a pledge for nature on the leaf , leaving their superhero legacy at Monkey Forest for thousands to see year on year. Hopefully inspiring a generation to put an arm round our primate friends and prevent extinction of beautiful animals.

The adoption packs include:

  • A gorgeous cuddly toy
  • Two tickets to Trentham Monkey Forest – any age
  • A beautiful legacy leaf to hang on our conservation tree - leaving your own legacy at Trentham Monkey Forest - *When we re-open in February 2022*
  • A postcard with a picture of our beautiful baby
  • A thank you letter from Matt Lovatt, Park Director
  • A Monkey Forest Lanyard
  • Car Sticker
  • A contribution towards Primate Conservation & Research (helping all primates to fight extinction)

Those eager to help primates in peril can now purchase a pack from the park whether it be from the on-site shop during a visit or on the parks website. The packs are available to buy for Christmas presents this year and are available all year round.

In comparison to other Zoo-like/animal attractions, Trentham Monkey Forest is very different. At Monkey Forest there are no cages or bars as we let our Barbary macaques roam free and simply be wild within our 60-acre forest. Within the Staffordshire based sanctuary, 140 Barbary macaque monkeys are completely free to roam and be themselves as we preserve their natural behaviours. We have facilitated reintroductions of our Barbary macaques back to the wild in Morocco (our sister parks in France and Germany have successfully released 600 back).


In terms of research and conservation, a substantial amount of scientific research surrounding the conservation of and the behaviour of the Barbary macaque has been undertaken at Trentham Monkey Forest and our sister parks dating all the way back to the 70s. These projects have led to an increase in conservational knowledge for this specific species and in turn raised mass awareness. These research projects have been shared with various primate conservation organisations fighting Barbary macaque and other primate extinction.


Trentham Monkey Forest is one of 4 parks pulling together to protect Barbary macaques. The concept originally began in 1969 when we opened our first park in Kintzheim, France and the aims are even more important today:

  • Recreation – inviting our guests to discover a unique species
  • Research - we specialise in non-invasive behavioural studies to help understand this endangered species and increase conservational knowledge
  • Education – a unique opportunity to learn about Barbary macaques
  • Conservation – we raise awareness, support conservation programmes, and have re-introduced monkeys back into wild.


Monkey Forest is a family run business, ran by a committed French family who are still actively involved in protecting Barbary macaques. Due to the first park’s success in 1969, we expanded further with parks in both France and Germany opening in 1974 and 1976.


In 2005 Trentham Monkey Forest opened, with 2 groups of monkeys being relocated from sister parks in France/Germany.  


Year on Year we have a successful birth-rate, with this year having 9 babies. Some of our monkeys also live to the old age of 31 (the equivalent of over 100 in human years) as we provide them with optimal living conditions here in Trentham.


Trentham Monkey Forest is strongly committed to the protection of the species by:

  • Raising public awareness for the need to protect this endangered species by giving people the opportunity to observe the Barbary macaques in a setting very similar to their natural habitat
  • Developing educational information to help engage our visitors
  • Working with conservation organisations to help protect wild Barbary macaques