Education programme at the Wild Futures sanctuary

Date Posted: 08/04/2015

We discover the ethos behind the project and what can you expect on an educational visit to the Wild Futures sanctuary in Cornwall.

Wild Futures is a UK registered charity founded upon five decades of experience in the field of primate welfare and conservation, education, and sustainable practice.

It is committed to protecting primates and habitats worldwide, and its UK flagship project ‘The Monkey Sanctuary’ houses monkeys rescued from the primate pet trade and other abusive captive situations.

The Monkey Sanctuary is the only GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries) accredited sanctuary in Europe, with its education work playing a role in the securing of this accreditation. 

Its educational work is multi-dimensional and involves a range of target audiences from schools, universities and youth groups, local and central Government, conservation forums and groups, as well as the 30,000 visitors who visit the sanctuary each year.

Education is delivered through a variety of media including formal and informal presentations, discussion groups, talks and workshops. The sanctuary offers a range of opportunities for schools (and other educational establishments/groups).

•    Class visits to the sanctuary with a personalised itinerary
•    Visits to your school by our education team for assemblies and lessons
•    Online Skype in the classroom sessions.

Wild Futures’ education program aims to raise awareness of the serious conservation and welfare implications for victims of the primate pet trade and other issues affecting primates worldwide.

Some of the monkeys at the sanctuary were born in the wild and through both legal and illegal means, have ended up as pets in Europe.

Kodak the capuchin (pictured), started his life in the rainforest and probably witnessed the shooting of his family.

He then found himself transported across the globe to Greece where he was kept in a photo shop, until his owner realised he needed to be with others of his own kind. He is now the alpha male of his own group at the sanctuary living alongside other rescued monkeys.

Methods of teaching used at the sanctuary include:

•    Formal and informal presentations, discussion groups, talks and workshops at our sanctuary site and in educational establishments.
•    Participation in local, national and international conservation forums and conferences.
•    Advising at local and central government level on primate welfare issues.
•    Leading by example: care-management techniques and high welfare standards adhered to at the centre.
•    Educational resources made available free-of-charge to educational establishments.

To contact Wild Futures’ education team for information or to book a school visit, e-mail or visit

Pictured: Kodak the rescued Capuchin (Photo credit: Wild Futures).

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