Vallée des Singes (Monkey Valley)in France is home to over 400 primates. Established in 1998 it is a centre for conservation and breeding success for monkeys, renowned worldwide. Unusually, monkeys are kept in a natural park area, without cages, using only water and foliage as barriers, allowing the 200,000 annual visitors to walk among the primates. The only animals that are kept away from visitors are the gorillas and chimpanzees, for safety reasons.
Monkey Valley is home to Europe's largest group of Bonobos as well as many other endangered species. Some of the residents have been saved from laboratory testing establishments, while others have been successfully bred at the park. Tourists from around the globe visit the attraction during its opening months of March to October. The park is located in the beautiful and historic Poitou-Charentes region of France, home to many ex-pat British people and one of the most popular holiday destinations in France. The département of the Vienne, where the Vallée des Singes is located, is a very rural area, and typically French.
Vallée des Singes employs around 50 people, many of them local.
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The future of the Vallée des Singes (Monkey Valley) in the Vienne department of France is under threat following a decision by the Prefect of the... read more
Press Release • 05.02.2014 • By The Vallée des Singes/Emmanuel Le Grelle/Frances Bourne