Monkey Life

Weekdays From 5th April, 6.00pm & 6.30pm

Set in Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, UK, the series follows the nail-biting rescue and rehabilitation stories of some of the most abused and neglected monkeys in the world, and the unwavering hard work of Dr Alison Cronin in her ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild. Refugees and chimps that were found abused in laboratories, circus tents or as photographers props are rehabilitated here and given the chance to spend the rest of their days being cared for in a natural environment. Over the year, this heart-warming series follows the 88 capuchin monkeys rescued from a research laboratory in Chile; the integration of newly saved chimp orphans Ben and Pip with one of the Chimpanzee groups; and Piquita the woolly monkey who is close to adding a new addition to the centre in the form of a baby woolly monkey.

Weekdays at 6.30pm

Concluding on Five this week is the documentary series following the day-to-day lives of over 250 monkeys, chimps, orangutans and other animals that live in one of the largest primate rescue centres in the world.

Set in the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, the series follows the nail-biting rescue and rehabilitation stories of some of the most abused and neglected primates in the world. Each episode focuses on the unwavering hard work of Alison Cronin and her team in their ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild.

Since its doors were first opened, Monkey World has rescued primates from 18 different countries all over the world. The most recent country to benefit from the centre’s work is Chile, where animals were being used in laboratories, as exotic pets, as photographers’ props and as circus animals. Once the animals have been safely transferred to Devon, the primate care staff at Monkey World ensure that their charges are given the best possible love and attention for the rest of their lives.

In the week’s opening episode on Monday, young chimp Ben loses one of his infected toes. Just as Ben’s health is improving, another chimp in Hananya’s house is struck down by the mysterious bacterial infection – and it is serious. Resident capuchin TJ is settling in very well with the ladies, while his South American housemates are still learning how to forage for food. Elsewhere, primate care staff hide hard-boiled eggs for the capuchins to find, and animal director Jeremy has a run-in with feisty female orangutan Lingga.

In Tuesday’s instalment, Mueller’s gibbons Adidas and Dalumie head for the treetops for the first time. Peanut, Pung-Yo and Tien, the endangered golden-cheeked gibbons, have an outdoor enclosure next door. Will Adidas and Dalumie take to their new home? Meanwhile, Hananya decides to show his group how to display themselves on trees. And despite medical attention, Freddy’s bowel complaint does not improve. Can a specialist doctor help?

In a special episode on Wednesday, Alison travels to Dao Tien island in Vietnam, where Monkey World has opened a foreign sanctuary for endangered primates. Alison meets Ellie, a young golden-cheeked gibbon who is the latest arrival at the centre. Elsewhere, the team has received a tip- off. Two rare black-shanked douc langurs are being kept in a large theme park just outside Ho Chi Minh City. It is up to Alison to convince the park director the animals need to be saved from extinction.

In Thursday’s episode, balding stump-tailed macaque Jonathan gets some protection. Jonathan’s hair loss is due to overly enthusiastic grooming from the high-ranking members of the troop, who will not leave him alone! Elsewhere, the park loses beloved capuchin monkey Tom. Alpha male of the rescued capuchins at the park, Tom was the boss until 88 capuchins came over from Chile. Tom lived at the park for seven years but nobody was sure how old he was. And the bachelor chimps get walnuts, but Jestah gets more than his fair share. Usually the chimps munch through melons as treats between meals, but they are just as enthusiastic about these tough nuts!

In the final instalment of the series on Friday, disturbing footage reveals an adult female chimpanzee in Mexico who needs the park’s help. Twenty-year-old Coco is one of hundreds of chimps working in the tourist industry. Alison is gearing up for the rescue and the authorities are involved. Elsewhere, the nursery chimps have a ball in a colourful play session, and even Lulu wants to play! And baby orangutan Kai shows he is getting all grown up and independent. Amy is keen to play for a change, but Kai is not so sure about letting her join in.

Weekdays at 6:30pm on five

Continuing on Five this week is the documentary series following the day-to-day lives of over 250 monkeys, chimps, orangutans and other animals that live in one of the largest primate rescue centres in the world.

Set in the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, this much-loved series follows the nail-biting rescue and rehabilitation stories of some of the most abused and neglected primates in the world. Each episode focuses on the unwavering hard work of Alison Cronin and her team in their ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild.

Since its doors were first opened, Monkey World has rescued primates from 18 different countries all over the world. The most recent country to benefit from the centre’s work is Chile, where animals were being used in laboratories, as exotic pets, as photographers’ props and as circus animals. Once the animals have been safely transferred to Devon, the primate care staff at Monkey World ensure that their charges are given the best possible love and attention for the rest of their lives.

In the week’s opening episode on Monday , pregnant woolly monkey Piquita looks fit to burst! Capuchin Sean, over from Chile, is keen to prove that nobody can groom quite like he can. And life hangs in the balance for ruffed lemur Blue. Will she survive?

In Tuesday’s instalment, baby woolly monkey Paulo is tempted outside by some delicious bugs, and everyone is enjoying onions in the capuchin enclosure. The team also has a radical plan for the third meeting between youngster Ben and alpha male Hananya.

On Wednesday , , there is a scuffle between the female capuchins, Tia needs surgery and orangutan Amy is heavily pregnant –and very grumpy. In the chimp nursery there is something new in the play area. Alison has her last visit with Paulo, the baby woolly monkey she has successfully hand reared.

In Thursday’s episode, chimp Ben has a nasty foot wound and animal director Jeremy is worried. In Paddy’s chimp troop, it may be his dad who is the boss, but baby Bart is realising that he is pretty important too! Elsewhere, golden-cheeked gibbon Tien has undergone a transformation, and keeper Holly checks up on Xuzy.

In the final instalment of the week on Friday , it is a race against time as the team tries to stop an infection spreading among the chimpanzees. The orangutans are watching their weight, but are not so keen to get onto the scales! And the lemurs and stump-tailed macaques meet for the first time. Could they become housemates?

Weekdays at 6:30pm on five

Continuing on Five this week is the documentary series following the day-to-day lives of over 250 monkeys, chimps, orangutans and other animals that live in one of the largest primate rescue centres in the world.

Set in the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, this much-loved series follows the nail-biting rescue and rehabilitation stories of some of the most abused and neglected primates in the world. Each episode focuses on the unwavering hard work of Alison Cronin and her team in their ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild.

Since its doors were first opened, Monkey World has rescued primates from 18 different countries all over the world. The most recent country to benefit from the centre’s work is Chile, where animals were being used in laboratories, as exotic pets, as photographers’ props and as circus animals. Once the animals have been safely transferred to Devon, the primate care staff at Monkey World ensure that their charges are given the best possible love and attention for the rest of their lives.

In the week’s opening episode on Monday , the team must make a big decision concerning the safety of one of the chimp groups when alpha male Hananya continues to exhibit violent behaviour. Elsewhere, chimps Simon and Eveline have a swing-off, and there is some dental surgery to be done. There is great excitement as the park gets ready for its next woolly monkey birth.

In Tuesday’s instalment, baby chimp Bart gets all grown up and goes it alone. The fearless members of the Bachelor Boys group are frightened by a new toy! In Hananya’s group, Ben and Pip finally pluck up the courage to fully explore their new home. And it is all change for the Chilean capuchin monkeys as they are introduced to the outside world for the first time in their lives.

On Wednesday , there is a morning sing-off at the park to get everyone up for the day. Golden-cheeked gibbon Zoey introduces a very rare new addition to her family. Over in Hananya’s group, hot potatoes are on the menu. A fight amongst the capuchin girls leaves Phoebe with a nasty bite wound that will need surgery.

Thursday’s episode sees baby woolly monkey Paulo meet his new family for the first time. Young chimpanzee Eddi has fun and games with baby brother Bart. Pregnant orangutan Amy gets to grips with a breast pump. And emotions run high when Mad Max the marmoset arrives at the park to be with others of his own kind.

In the final instalment of the week on Friday , Mad Max meets his new housemates. Chimps Ben and Pip are in shock after another meeting with Hananya. Over in the woolly monkey enclosure, Piquita is the centre of attention. And in Paddy’s chimp group, Bart enjoys his first taste of honey!

 

Monday 9th March at 6:30pm on five

Returning to Five this week is the documentary series following the day-to-day lives of over 250 monkeys, chimps, orangutans and other animals that live in one of the largest primate rescue centres in the world.

Set in the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, this much-loved series follows the nail-biting rescue and rehabilitation stories of some of the most abused and neglected primates in the world. Each episode focuses on the unwavering hard work of Alison Cronin and her team in their ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild.

Since its doors were first opened, Monkey World has rescued primates from 18 different countries all over the world. The most recent country to benefit from the centre’s work is Chile, where animals were being used in laboratories, as exotic pets, as photographers’ props and as circus animals. Once the animals have been safely transferred to Devon, the primate care staff at Monkey World ensure that their charges are given the best possible love and attention for the rest of their lives.

In the opening episode of the series on Monday , the 88 capuchin monkeys rescued from a research laboratory in Chile wake up to their first morning at Monkey World. Over in the Chimp nursery, Rodders has a run-in with a sticky melon. And the park’s naughtiest resident, Seamus the chimp, comes face to face with alpha male Butch in the bachelor pad.

In Tuesday’s instalment, chimps Ben and Pip are due to be moved out of the nursery and into Hananya’s group –but they give wildlife vet John Lewis the run around when he tries to sedate them. Alison is worried about how the recently rescued male capuchins will react when they are moved in together. And orangutan Kai proves she has far too much energy for the rest of her group.

On Wednesday , the team is forced to step in when the chimp introduction goes wrong and Ben is injured by the alpha male. Orangutan Hsiao-Quai struggles with her ever-growing son Kai. And the park’s staff prepare to welcome another baby orangutan into the fold.

Thursday’s episode sees Hananya show that he is not so tough when it comes to needles! The other chimps, meanwhile, enjoy a ‘banana-fishing’ expedition. Elsewhere, Alison and Jeremy are in Hertfordshire to re-home two more capuchin monkeys, and there is an exciting development among the endangered gibbons.

In the final installment of the week on Friday , resident capuchin TJ joins the new Chilean arrivals, but he seems to be in a mischievous mood. Alpha male chimp Paddy has to step in and keep his unruly troop in line. Orangutan Amy is pregnant, but no one knows if she will able to care for her baby when it is born. And it is teeth-cleaning time in Hananya’s house.

Concluding this week is the documentary series following the day-to-day lives of over 240 monkeys, chimps, orangutans and other animals that live in one of the largest primate rescue centres in the world.

Filmed over the course of a year at the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, the series follows the nail-biting rescue and rehabilitation stories of some of the most abused and neglected primates in the world. It also explores the unwavering hard work of Dr Alison Cronin MBE and her team in their ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of these animals from the wild. Displaced and abused animals from all over the world are brought together at the centre, where they are given the chance to spend the rest of their days being cared for in a safe, natural environment. From power struggles to bonds of friendship, family feuds to new arrivals, Monkey Life follows the daily dramas of some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.

In this week’s first episode on Monday, It is a big day for one of the park’s naughtiest residents, chimpanzee Seamus. He is moving from the chimp nursery into the bachelor pad. Elsewhere, toddler orangutan Aris is in recovery, and one of his new housemates has decided to pick a fight with him.

In Tuesday’s instalment, Aris needs surgery as his knee injury is worse than expected. Chimp Patricia finally relaxes in the company of alpha male, Hananya. And Seamus is in for a shock when he meets big male Paco.

In a special edition of the show on Wednesday, Monkey Life travels to Chile, South America. The team has joined forces with the military to fly 88 capuchin monkeys to Monkey World. It will be the park’s biggest and most challenging rescue ever. And for the four capuchins already living at the park, they have no idea that their lives will soon change forever.

On Thursday, the Chilean capuchins finally arrive in the UK, and there is bad news in the orangutan house. Something has gone seriously wrong for Aris since his knee operation.

And rounding off the series on Friday, Aris is still poorly; the baby woolly monkey finally gets a name; and the alpha male chimps exert their authority. But could there be a coup brewing?

Continuing this week the documentary series following the day-to-day lives of over 240 monkeys, chimps, orangutans and other animals that live in one of the largest primate rescue centres in the world.

Filmed over the course of a year at the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, the series follows the nail-biting rescue and rehabilitation stories of some of the most abused and neglected primates in the world. It also explores the unwavering hard work of Dr Alison Cronin MBE and her team in their ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of these animals from the wild.

Displaced and abused animals from all over the world are brought together at the centre, where they are given the chance to spend the rest of their days being cared for in a safe, natural environment. From power struggles to bonds of friendship, family feuds to new arrivals, Monkey Life follows the daily dramas of some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.

In this week’s first episode on Monday, work begins on the new gibbon rescue centre in Vietnam – and not a moment too soon, as the first primates are already arriving to begin their rehabilitation. Back on home soil, there is the patter of tiny feet in Paddy’s chimpanzee group, while members of the bachelor group fall out once again.

In Tuesday’s instalment, it is a day of tense introductions for the chimpanzees and the gibbons; and the team begins work on its biggest mission to date – the attempted rescue of almost 100 primates from Chile.

Wednesday’s programme sees the baby woolly monkey meet its own kind for the very first time. There is some growing up to be done as orangutan Aris graduates from the nursery and meets Gordon. And there is a surprise in the chimp nursery as the cheeky Seamus seems to have learned to control his wild side.

On Thursday, Seamus’s brief period of calm comes to an abrupt end. Elsewhere, chimp Susie takes her new baby outside for the first time; and there are problems with the travel arrangements for the Chile trip.

And rounding off the week’s programmes on Friday, it is a vet day at the park, as John Lewis checks up on the leg that chimp Jimmy nearly lost. Baby chimp Rodders, meanwhile, must have a tooth removed after sustaining an injury during a play session; and there is a serious problem with the park’s biggest-ever rescue mission.

Continuing this week the documentary series following the day-to-day lives of over 240 monkeys, chimps, orangutans and other animals that live in one of the largest primate rescue centres in the world.

Filmed over the course of a year at the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, the series follows the nail-biting rescue and rehabilitation stories of some of the most abused and neglected primates in the world. It also explores the unwavering hard work of Dr Alison Cronin MBE and her team in their ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of these animals from the wild.

Displaced and abused animals from all over the world are brought together at the centre, where they are given the chance to spend the rest of their days being cared for in a safe, natural environment. From power struggles to bonds of friendship, family feuds to new arrivals, Monkey Life follows the daily dramas of some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.

In this week’s first episode on Monday, tough love ensures that chimpanzee Bryan learns a painful lesson when he goes outside for the first time. Meanwhile, will woolly monkey Julio be brave enough to take his first steps outdoors? And, in Paddy’s chimp group, Lee gets hands-on with Susie. Could she be pregnant for the second time?

In Tuesday’s instalment, there is a new baby in the woolly-monkey house, but the team is worried about its health. Elsewhere, baby orang-utan Dinda gets to grips with her outside enclosure. And stump-tailed macaque Koko struggles with her living space.

Wednesday’s programme follows the drama as the life of the new woolly-monkey baby hangs in the balance, just 24 hours after its birth. In the chimp nursery, young Bryan is hassled by lovable hooligan Seamus. And in another part of the centre, chimp Charlie is also being picked on. Are his days living with the bachelor group numbered?

On Thursday, Bryan finally makes friends with Seamus. Unfortunately, it is not long before they fall out again. Will this warring pair ever learn to get along? Elsewhere, it is moving day for the gibbons as the park arranges a highly unusual ‘wife swap’.

On Friday, a special edition of the show travels to Vietnam, where Monkey World is embarking on an exciting new project – its first foreign sanctuary for endangered primates. A new gibbon rescue centre is being built to protect these rare animals for the future.

Returning to Five this week for a new run of programmes is the documentary series following the day-to-day lives of the 252 monkeys, chimps, orangutans and other animals that live in one of the largest primate rescue centre in the world.

Filmed over the course of a year at the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, the series follows the nail-biting rescue and rehabilitation stories of some of the most abused and neglected primates in the world. It also explores the unwavering hard work of Dr Alison Cronin MBE and her team in their ongoing mission to stop the illegal smuggling of these animals from the wild.

Displaced and abused animals from all over the world are brought together at the centre, where they are given the chance to spend the rest of their days being cared for in a safe, natural environment. From power struggles to bonds of friendship, family feuds to new arrivals, Monkey Life follows the daily dramas of some of the most beautiful creatures on the planet.

In the first episode of the new series on Monday, nerves are running high in the chimp nursery as the team prepares new arrival Bryan for his first encounter with Seamus – one of the park’s naughtiest residents. Elsewhere, it is time for baby orangutan Dinda to move into the orang nursery full-time, and the adult orangutans have fun with some giant ice-lollies!

In Tuesday’s instalment, animal manager Jeremy is in Paris to collect a baby orang-utan called Lingga. When she arrives in Dorset, Lingga will be joining Monkey World’s ever-expanding orang crèche. In Paddy’s chimp group, meanwhile, all hell breaks loose over a giant fruity freeze! And Alison says her goodbyes to Julio, the woolly monkey she hand-reared from birth.

Wednesday’s programme sees young orangutan Lingga lose her usual confidence when she arrives at the crèche. An operation on Bryan the chimp’s teeth reveals the damage caused by his traumatic past life. And, though she may be 21 years old, stump-tailed macaque Koko needs a helping hand from Jeremy at bedtime.

On Thursday, Lingga meets her new housemates, but young Joly is consumed by jealousy. In the chimp bachelor pad, a pile of blankets brings out Buxom’s greedy side! And chimpanzee Jimmy has a very serious leg wound.

And in this week’s final episode, on Friday, orangutan youngster Hsiao-Ning goes crazy after eating too much sugary fruit, while little chimp Eddi struggles to get her hands on any treats at all. Elsewhere, animal manager Jeremy prepares to take a huge risk to help Jimmy with his leg wound.

monkey life(11/14)
18.30–19.00

Concluding on Five this week is the series that follows the day-to-day lives of the 160 monkeys, chimps, orangutans and other primates that live in one of the largest rescue centres in the world: the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset.

Filmed over the course of a year, the series explores the rescue and rehabilitation stories of some of the world’s most abused and neglected primates, and finds out how the staff – including animal manger Jeremy and keepers Emma, Paul and Mike – look after their furry charges. The series recounts the centre’s funniest and most shocking stories, alongside animal dramas of all kinds.

Monkey Life also documents the hard work of the late Jim Cronin and his wife, Alison, in their mission to stop the illegal smuggling of these animals. Jim founded Monkey World, which he and Alison built from a small refuge to a 65-acre wildlife park that is now home to more than 160 rescued primates and 15 different species.

In today’s programme, Jim and Alison are on a special trip to Cancún in Mexico. They have travelled 5,000 miles on a rescue mission to collect a lively three-year-old chimp named Bryan, who has been mistreated by his owner. With the help of the Mexican authorities, the young chimp has been confiscated, pending his removal to the UK. While in Mexico, Alison also pursues the case of an adult chimpanzee called Coco, who belongs to the same owner. Can she convince the authorities to save another desperate chimp?

In Wednesday’s show, Bryan recovers from his journey from Mexico and settles in to his new home. One of his first tasks will be to learn how to peel fruit for himself, as meals at the rescue centre are strictly self-service! Elsewhere at Monkey World, there is a medical crisis for chimpanzee Joline when her loss of hair, stiff joints and lack of appetite prompt the vets’ concern. With medical tests proving inconclusive, will exploratory surgery get to the bottom of her problem?

Thursday’s instalment sees the vets examining 17-year-old chimpanzee Freddie, who does not seem to be his usual boisterous self. The vets think the problem could lie in the primate’s bowels, so they order an internal investigation using a fibre optic camera to examine his intestines. Meanwhile, in the nursery, the centre’s staff are delighted when youngsters Pip and Ben venture outside to play for the first time. Both chimps have been nervous about the outside world, so this display of confidence represents a massive step forward for the pair.

The rescue centre’s staff and residents prepare to say their goodbyes on Friday in the last edition of the series. Jim comes to the aid of cheerful chimp Charlie, who is being picked on by the other males in his group. As it is the park’s mission to ensure that all the primates are happy, Jim has come to see the situation for himself. He also admits to having a soft spot for Charlie, who was one of his first rescues. Can Jim help Charlie out? Elsewhere, Mexican chimp Bryan meets his foster mum Sally. No one is sure if Bryan has been around another chimpanzee before, so how will he react to his new mother?

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