This year’s annual Twinning event with Camelford WI was hosted by them, and they gave us an absolutely wonderful day out to Wild Futures, the monkey sanctuary in Looe.
We arrived in the morning and all had coffee together (Camelford’s treat) in the Rainforest Cafe.
After that, our trusty guide Paul took us all over the sanctuary, telling us about the history of the place, as well as about the monkeys and their lives and habits.
We were all smitten with little Lily – a seven-month-old woolly monkey – and watching her clinging to mum Maya was a joy. However, Paul made sure that we understood that the sanctuary does not intentionally breed monkeys and that Lily was the result of contraceptive failure. The sanctuary doesn’t have room to take all the monkeys in need of a safe place as it is.
Paul explained the sanctuary’s efforts to campaign to change the pet trade laws which currently allow people to keep wild animals, such as monkeys, in their homes. People who keep monkeys as pets often hold them in cages, usually on their own, resulting in both physical and psychological damages to the monkeys.
In spite of some of the sad stories we heard, we all saw how happy and healthy the monkeys were in the sanctuary. It was great to know that they’ll live out their lives in such a good place.
After our tour, we had a delicious lunch, after which some of us sat in the sun eating ice cream while others walked down to see the gardens at the sanctuary.
On top of all that, it was lovely to spend time with our Camelford friends. Next year is our turn to host, and we have a tough act to follow!
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