Staffordshire’s Trentham Monkey Forest welcomed four very special arrivals recently, just ahead of reopening their doors to visitors today, Thursday 25th of June.
Four baby macaques – 2 girls and 2 boys – were born during lockdown while the forest was closed. Now the gates are open, lucky visitors will get the chance to see the adorable monkeys for themselves.
Park Director Matt Lovatt said, “With the current climate, we feel the news of the births is really positive, exciting news and something we’ve been eagerly awaiting. We have felt very lucky to have these ‘lockdown-babies’ all to ourselves for the past few weeks but can’t wait to welcome visitors. Hopefully, they will catch a glimpse of them too.’’
Not only are the new arrivals great for Trentham Monkey Forest, they are also a great addition for the species as a whole. Monkey Forest works with organisations to help protect the wild Barbary macaques in North Africa while helping to bring attention to their plight.
“Every single birth is a fantastic addition to this endangered species with fewer than 8000 Barbary macaques left in their mountainous habitats, in Morocco and Algeria. At Monkey Forest, we hope we can share their story with visitors and how they too can help protect, geographically, our closest wild-living primate.”
Trentham Monkey Forest is now open to visitors, although tickets must be booked in advance and for pre-allocated time slots only. For more information go to www.monkey-forest.com