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Monkey World boss in 900 mile bike ride in aid of Jim Cronin Memorial Fund

Tuesday 29th May

GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING: Monkey World animal director Jeremy Keeling aboard his motorbike

MONKEY World animal director Jeremy Keeling is set to retrace the life- saving journey of the park’s first nine chimpanzees, as part of the rescue centre’s historic 25th anniversary.

Jeremy, who has been part of the Purbeck ape sanctuary since its inception, will ride his Harley Davidson motorbike back to the Wool park, non-stop, from Barcelona, Spain, raising money for the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund with every mile.

All going well, he’ll set off on July 13 and 900-miles later, power into the Wool rescue centre to coincide with its anniversary Party in the Park celebrations.

He said: “Of those first nine chimpanzees that came to the park, eight of them are alive and well 25 years later.”

The chimps were rescued from the sickening Spanish tourist photograph trade. Jeremy explained: “At that time, if you went on holiday to Spain chances were you would have been accosted by a photographer with a baby chimp. “Even the babies would have been sedated, probably with alcohol. They would have been beaten, terrorised. A lot of them had their teeth removed, not always with the use of anaesthetic – they would have led a terrible life. If they hadn’t been rescued they would not have had any future at all.”

CLOSE ENCOUNTER: Monkey World animal director Jeremy Keeling with one of his young charges

On his latest adventure Jeremy said: “I’ll be riding across the Pyrenees and along the Bay of Biscay, so it should be spectacular.

“Everything I raise goes into the Jim Cronin Memorial Fund, so all the money comes back to the park. We are the only rescue centre of its kind in Europe.”

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The Party in the Park event, on July 14, includes a traditional circus big top and an evening of live music from local bands Thunderslug and the SAS Duo Blues Brothers tribute act. A number of exclusive prizes are also up for grabs.

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