- 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.