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Monkey World primates set to star in soap opera

Monday 29th August 2011

Daily Echo

THE Monkey World soap opera, now in its record-breaking fifteenth year, makes a welcome return to the small screen this week.

Today sees the first broadcast of the latest series of Monkey Life – which follows the trials and tribulations of the Wool sanctuary’s primates.

Monkey World director Dr Alison Cronin said: “We have now documented 15 years of the lives of the monkeys and apes at the park – which is longer than many other TV series.

“Seinfeld, Frasier, Friends… we’ve whooped them all.”

Monkey Life, now in its fifth year, started out as Monkey Business.

However, after a decade park bosses decided on a facelift for their popular show, which in its current format enjoys a cult following.

Other nature series have come and gone, so why has the programme proved so enduring?

“I think we’ve always held true to our passions and beliefs here at the park,” explained Dr Cronin. “The programme reflects this.”

She added: “Keeping the focus on the soap opera which is the animal’s lives, from their rescue to their rehabilitation and making new families is what the programmes hold true to.

“We’ve held on to that principle, which is why the programme has such a cult following.”

And the latest series promises to be one of the most dramatic in its one-and-a-half decade history.

“This is probably the most intense series I’ve done,” said Dr Cronin.

“We’ve travelled around the world picking up and rescuing primates from a number of circumstances.”

Highlights include the story of once morbidly-obese orang-utan Oshine, who tipped the scales at a whopping 100kg when she was rescued by Dr Cronin.

Another dramatic televised moment was the rescue of Kiki the chimpanzee from a tiny cage on a Beirut roadside.

This operation took place the same day the Lebanese government collapsed, which served to heightened the drama considerably.

Monkey Life, series five, runs every weekday from August 29 until September 9, at 6pm.

Monkey World primates set to star in soap opera


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