Wild Futures

Wild Futures

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  • Animals / wildlife
  • Environment

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Wild Futures is a registered charity founded upon five decades of experience as a leader in the field of primate welfare and conservation, environmental education and sustainable practice. We are committed to protecting primates and habitats worldwide, with the protection of non-human primates at the forefront of our work.

Our safe haven for monkeys rescued from situations of abuse and neglect is The Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall, which has an international reputation for levels of care and innovative management techniques. We work closely with other organisations to lobby local and central government to bring about positive change for primates. We also support projects overseas with funding, practical assistance and advice and believe that education is vital in changing things for the better; educating more than 30,000 visitors and students on our work each year.

Our charity receives no government funding, so financial support is vital to allow us to continue our important work


Our rescue and rehabilitation work is carried out at our Sanctuary, based in Looe, Cornwall. Founded in 1964, our flagship project The Monkey Sanctuary, has a well-established reputation for offering outstanding levels of welfare and innovative care management for all of its primate residents.  It is the first and only Sanctuary in Europe to be accredited by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS).

The need for rescue and rehabilitation of primates from private ownership:

  • There are at least 5,000 privately owned primates in the UK, with signs that the primate pet trade is on the increase.
  • All monkeys are wild animals and inherently unsuitable for keeping in domestic situations.
  • UK law allows for the legal keeping of primates as pets, despite lack of recognised care standards and insufficient enforcement of licensing laws, leading to many pet primates being kept in inadequate
  • Lack of adequate species knowledge, diet, veterinary care, social opportunity and space leads to mental, physical and emotional suffering for pet primates.

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