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Monkey Life 5

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‘Monkey Life' returns for a fifth series to the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, UK, to follow the rescue and rehabilitation stories of the 160 primates that live in one of the largest rescue centres in the world. Established by Dr. Alison Cronin and her late husband, the centre's mission is to stop the illegal smuggling of primates from the wild. Some of the animals in desperate need of help include chimps that have been used as part of laboratory experiments, mistreated as circus acts or used as photographers props. It is here that they are given the chance to spend the rest of their lives being cared for in a natural environment. From power struggles and dramas, to friendship bonds and new additions to the group, this heart-warming series follows the day-to-day dramas and personalities of these, our closest relatives and the team who are devoted to working with them. Series highlights include; the rescue of a very old squirrel monkey, Fidget, has lived in a cage on his own in Essex for the past twenty years; a mission to South Africa to bring overweight and very spoilt orang-utan, Oshine, back to the UK. And a trip across the channel for Mike to rescue baby golden-cheeked gibbon, Mikado, who was born at a zoo in France, but his mum died soon after giving birth.