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With this orang, I thee wed

Thursday 6 August 2009

WALK with the animals, talk with the animals... get married with the animals?

Now you can at a popular Dorset attraction.

Monkey World at Wool has been awarded a wedding licence so now animal lovers can tie the knot among man’s closest relatives.

Happy couples will take their vows alongside Paddy’s Enclosure, home to chimpanzees who are sure to be keen to see what’s going on.

Guests will get the chance to explore the 65-acre park and the newlyweds will certainly have some wedding photos to remember.

Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin is keeping details under wraps ahead of the first ceremony, but did say: “Our first wedding is in September and we’re planning on a very special and unique experience for people who want to come and join our family and bring their families to the park.”

It marks a busy month for the sanctuary, which is also hosting a fundraising bungee jump to give people the chance to fly through the trees... just like its inhabitants.

“Bungee Madness” takes place on Sunday, September 13. Those who take part will be jumping in aid of the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund, set up in memory of Alison’s husband and the founder of the park. The cash will go towards a new education centre.

Taking part is animal director Jeremy Keeling, who already has £2,500 pledged in sponsorship.

Alison said the bungee jump was inspired by the acrobatics of the park’s inhabitants and the centre’s children’s play parks.

She said: “We thought we would do something more grown up as a fundraising event in memory of Jim.”

And Alison said she could be persuaded to go for it herself if people backed her.

“If people are making it worthwhile for the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund, I’m open to anything,” she added.

Are you brave enough to have a go at a bungee jump? If so, email fundraising@jimcroninmemorialfund.org or call 01929 401018.

Sponsor Jeremy at just giving.com/jeremykeeling.

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