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Challenge Anekka

In 1991, Anneka was set the challenge of rescuing a number of badly-treated performing chimps from Barcelona and bringing them to the UK where she would then be tasked to build a chimpanzee sanctuary at ‘Monkey World’ in Dorset. Once the chimps were successfully brought back from Spain, the real hard work began. After 72 hours of hard graft, no sleep and extreme determination from Anneka and her team, the challenge was successfully completed, resulting in the creation of two fantastic new chimp houses for the animals they had rescued. Now, 15 years on ‘Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre’ is an award winning, world acclaimed centre housing 150 primates of 15 different species, including 56 chimpanzees rescued from poor conditions from 14 different countries across the world. The sanctuary, which now occupies an incredible 65 acres of land, plays host to over half a million visitors a year and has been named as one of the top ten places in the country to visit. ‘Discovery Channel’s’; ‘Animal Planet’ even features a continuing series called ‘Monkey Business’ which focuses predominantly on the work of ‘Monkey World’! Jim and Alison Cronin, who continue to run the centre, say that much of their success is thanks to the tremendous effort of the Challenge Anneka team back in 1991. “The work carried out by Anneka and her team was a huge turning point for ‘Monkey World’ and we are forever grateful for all that they did for the sanctuary, helping set it on it’s way to become the successful rescue centre it is today!” Jim Cronin, Monkey World.

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