Meet some of the stars…

The animals we look after have come to us for various reasons – they may have been bullied within their original groups, rescued from the illegal pet trade, or unsuitable for breeding programmes. Some of our raptors are injured native birds that would be unable to fend for themselves in the wild.

Say hi to the Primates

We care for 13 different species of primates, from the tiny Marmosets to the singing Lar Gibbons. This diverse group is the largest collection on the Isle of Wight and every animal has a unique personality.

Each family is housed in a large, spacious enclosure, with everything they need to ensure that they stay happy and healthy. Let us introduce you to a few of them…

We’ve got two Star Gibbons – oops, Lar Gibbons – and that’s Somer and her mother Rasmaya. You’ll probably hear them before you see them! These showgirls will try and grab your attention with their melodic singing and acrobatic feats. If you walk away, they’ll try and lure you back by singing even louder!

Djimmy and Buna are beautiful Cherry-Crowned Mangabeys with red punky hairstyles. Djimmy was found wandering along a busy road in Germany and then spent years by himself in a cat and dog home. He was given a toy pig as part of his rehabilitation – and now it’s never out of his sight. It squeaks just like he does! 

We care for two of the sweetest Siamangs. Xhabu was born with multiple disabilities and is a prime example of what we can achieve at Monkey Haven. He failed to thrive at other zoos – but when he came here, he started to grow in confidence, and began to show us his extraordinary character.  Xhabu’s nephew, Bog, is another cutie. He loves sunbathing, lazing around and eating lots of food.

Plus these amazing animals…

Dr Bog will see you now

Bog’s nickname is Doctor Bog, as he’s the one that cleans the other gibbons’ wounds or checks them over for any injuries.

plate of fruit and veg

Most of the primates’ food intake is vegetables. Fruit contains a lot of sugar and we have to watch their diets, so it’s given as a treat.

& Birds of Prey

The Haven is home to various species of Owl, including Tawny Owls, Boobooks, Bengal Eagle Owls and Snowy Owls. Many of our birds have come from zoos and private collections. Others were injured or rescued native birds from the wild – wherever possible we care for the birds until they are well enough to be released back into the countryside.

Here are some of our feathery friends…

Come and see our handsome pair, Whistler and Clicky – they’re named after the funny noises they make. Whistler came to us from a private owner and Clicky was rescued by the Haven’s founder, Don Walser, before we even opened. These majestic birds have big bodies and a loud booming call that can be heard at dusk and dawn.

We’ve got a very special spot in our hearts for the Barn Owls, as they inspired Don Walser to set up an animal sanctuary, which eventually became Monkey Haven. They’re such sweeties (unless you’re a mouse… in which case, be afraid!). Barn Owls are found in many spots in the UK, living around grassland or farmland. They have heart shaped faces and wingspans that can nearly reach 1 metre.

These giant beauties are very popular with our younger visitors, as they’re the ‘Harry Potter owl’ (Hedwig was a Snowy Owl). Dougal was found in an abandoned property by the Police, and then brought to the Haven. Freda came to us when a private owner could no longer care for her (a sadly familiar story). These owls are from the Arctic – and get whiter as they get older.

Owls can turn their heads 270 degrees

Owls can turn their heads to see in all directions.

Ketch the Eagle Owl tries to encourage the keepers into his nest by offering them his leftover food.

Reptiles & insects

Visit our Reptile Lodge to get up close to some slithering snakes and creepy crawlies. You can eyeball a Tarantula, cuddle a Boa Constrictor and meet the Tortoises.

Say hello some of the reptile residents…

Come and meet our gorgeous Boa Constrictor called Gus – he lives in the Reptile Lodge. If you come to one of our Reptile talks, you could get the chance to touch or even hold him. He might look a little scary but don’t be fooled – he’s really very friendly.

Teddy, our lovely lizard, was donated to us by a pet shop after he’d served his time in a breeding programme. He now lives a relaxed life with us and he’s a favourite on our Reptile Rendezvous talks. “He’s really placid”, commented one of the Keepers. “He loves eating wax worms and anything else that moves!” These creatures are originally from the Australian desert.

Meet the creep! That’s what a group of tortoises is called. We have five Mediterranean Spur-thighed tortoises – also known as Greek tortoises. The species is now protected and it’s illegal to import them from the wild. However pet shops can sell them if they’re born and bred here. All our tortoises are ex-pets.

And don’t forget about this mob…

Our mob of Meerkats are fascinating to watch. Most of them were rescued from the illegal pet trade, and endured terrible conditions before they were discovered. They were kept in cramped cages and we think that Gobi’s tail either got caught in a rabbit hutch or he bit it off out of boredom. Now, we give them plenty of attention and space to play

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An adoption makes a very special gift, and also gives you a lovely feel-good glow. We’ll send the lucky recipient a bundle of goodies, depending on which adoption you choose.