Monkey Sanctuary Ireland

In a tranquil, woodland nature reserve created by Willie Heffernan you could be forgiven for wondering what continent you are on – especially when catching a glimpse of the more exotic residents – seventeen Capuchin monkeys who are natives of the South American rainforest and a Sooty Mangabey, a native of equatorial West Africa.

These monkeys owe their lives to what is Ireland’s first and only sanctuary for unwanted primates. The best part about this unique project is how the lives of these monkeys have been totally transformed: monkeys that had spent their entire lives in cages are now are free to live on idyllic islands in a spring-fed lake at the Sanctuary, where they spend their days climbing and swinging on trees.


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