Monkey Life

Monkey Life

  • 2021
  • 2 Seasons

The documentary TV series Monkey Life follows both the inhabitants and crew of the ape rescue center Monkey World, which resides in Dorset, United Kingdom. Having been founded in 1987, Monkey World focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating primates from around the world. Its collection of researchers, doctors and wildlife experts are headed by Dr. Alison Cronin. Alison's husband Jim, along with Jeremy Keeling, founded Monkey World. Monkey Life has been airing since 2007 and preceded the series Monkey Business. Primate Planet Productions Ltd accompanies the crew on their rescues to document the work put into saving the creatures from varying problems, including primate smuggling. The series was narrated by Andy Serkis for the first season, and then Ralf Little took over for the remaining seasons. It was aired on ITV Meridian as well as Animal Planet. The first few episodes are a reintroduction to some of the species at Monkey World following Monkey Business. This includes the birth of a third woolly monkey born into the park, a pregnant orangutan and two chimps who are being hand-reared by keepers. The show depicts normal life and adaptation between the species and the keepers. Often strife within the primates species occurs, such as mothers rejecting their young, primates having tantrums and necessary dental surgery. The sister sanctuary in Vietnam has also been documented on the series since season 2 and is run by the charity Endangered Asian Species Trust, who focus on endangered Vietnamese primate rescues. Jim Cronin had been awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth and a Jane Goodall Award. He passed away during the first season of Monkey Life from cancer. His Memorial Fund was established to protect primate conservation and continue ongoing rescue and rehabilitation efforts. His wife Alison and the crew continue pursuing Jim's legacy.

Monkey Life
Filter by Source

Seasons
Episode 20
20. Episode 20
December 31, 1969
Precocious baby orangutans Bulu and Rieke run the team ragged. An older monkey with poor eyesight gets audible signals from the team.
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
December 31, 1969
It's playtime for baby Bulu when he meets Rieke, an orphaned 6-week-old orangutan from Berlin. Jester the chimp has dental surgery.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
December 31, 1969
A young chimp starts playing with the big boys, Alison rescues two more little monkeys, and the center agrees to take in a new baby from Berlin.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
December 31, 1969
The staff struggles with the loss of one of the animals while trying to provide round-the-clock support to a baby orangutan.
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
December 31, 1969
Alison visits the Maldives to rescue a loris that was confiscated in a drug raid. Back at the park, a staff member is outwitted by a clever capuchin.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
December 31, 1969
The team faces a heartbreaking decision when they discover that one of the chimps has an inoperable condition.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
December 31, 1969
Everyone is curious to see if orangutan Hsiao-quai will bond with a newly arrived orphan. Elsewhere in the park, an odd couple moves in together.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
December 31, 1969
Alison is in for a surprise when she visits Cheshire to rescue more marmosets. Back at the park, a young woolly monkey gets a special enclosure.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
December 31, 1969
The team faces unexpected challenges when they travel to a sister sanctuary in Vietnam for the release of two golden-cheeked gibbons.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
December 31, 1969
The chimps are somber after losing one of their own to a mysterious tragedy, but life goes on for other primates in the park.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
December 31, 1969
While the chimps and orangutans adjust to living alongside new neighbors, there are major changes afoot for two young primates.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
December 31, 1969
It's all hands on deck as the park prepares to swap two groups' living quarters. Cherri takes the newborn twins on an adventure.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
December 31, 1969
Cherri the chimp gives birth to twin girls, and golden-cheeked gibbons Tien and Kim explore their new tree-filled enclosure.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
December 31, 1969
There's love in the air for a pair of golden-cheeked gibbons, but one gets cold feet when it's time to get acquainted.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
December 31, 1969
Although the park is almost at capacity, Alison agrees to take in one more: a woefully neglected marmoset named Baby Leo.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
December 31, 1969
The team recruits a wildlife dentist to assist with one of the chimps, while the new stump-tailed macaque learns her place in the pecking order.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
December 31, 1969
Alison and Jeremy travel to Germany to help a lonely stump-tailed macaque. The chimp team is excited about the possibility of a pregnancy.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
December 31, 1969
A young orangutan moves to the nursery with his mom and baby sister. There, he's reunited with his older brother and they cause a ruckus.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
December 31, 1969
Mischief abounds at the capuchin house when one of the groups has a weigh-in. Elsewhere, there's a challenge to the established chimp leadership.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
December 31, 1969
Called to Liverpool to rescue two capuchin monkeys, the team soon realizes someone got the species wrong. Back at the park, the chimps incite mayhem.
Description

The documentary TV series Monkey Life follows both the inhabitants and crew of the ape rescue center Monkey World, which resides in Dorset, United Kingdom. Having been founded in 1987, Monkey World focuses on rescuing and rehabilitating primates from around the world. Its collection of researchers, doctors and wildlife experts are headed by Dr. Alison Cronin. Alison's husband Jim, along with Jeremy Keeling, founded Monkey World.

Monkey Life has been airing since 2007 and preceded the series Monkey Business. Primate Planet Productions Ltd accompanies the crew on their rescues to document the work put into saving the creatures from varying problems, including primate smuggling. The series was narrated by Andy Serkis for the first season, and then Ralf Little took over for the remaining seasons. It was aired on ITV Meridian as well as Animal Planet.

The first few episodes are a reintroduction to some of the species at Monkey World following Monkey Business. This includes the birth of a third woolly monkey born into the park, a pregnant orangutan and two chimps who are being hand-reared by keepers. The show depicts normal life and adaptation between the species and the keepers. Often strife within the primates species occurs, such as mothers rejecting their young, primates having tantrums and necessary dental surgery. The sister sanctuary in Vietnam has also been documented on the series since season 2 and is run by the charity Endangered Asian Species Trust, who focus on endangered Vietnamese primate rescues.

Jim Cronin had been awarded an MBE by Queen Elizabeth and a Jane Goodall Award. He passed away during the first season of Monkey Life from cancer. His Memorial Fund was established to protect primate conservation and continue ongoing rescue and rehabilitation efforts. His wife Alison and the crew continue pursuing Jim's legacy.

  • Premiere Date
    April 22, 2021