Formerly Cefn-yr-Erw Primate Sanctuary

Jan and Graham Garen, the proprietors of  Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary , welcome you to our web-site. We are located in the lovely Brecon Beacons National Park area of South Wales. The Park has been officially designated as a Geopark because of its unique geological formations. Formerly a traditional Welsh hill farm, the sanctuary now rescues and provides a home for many types of unwanted animals. especially primates, such as chimpanzees, baboons, spider monkeys, capuchins and marmosets. 

Visitors are welcome to see the animals and the work we do. We undertake a number of  rescues from zoos and laboratories where animals have suffered mistreatment and deprivation or are no longer wanted. As they are not equipped for survival in the wild we can only endeavour to make the rest of their lives as enjoyable and stress free as possible.

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Many of our visitors have taken the trouble to tell us how much they enjoyed their visit  before they left and some have also written to us afterwards to thank us again. The appreciation shown in terms of donations, sponsorships, souvenirs purchased, volunteering and lots of other indications of how much people care has also been particularly evident. Our animals are our whole life at Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary. They are what we are about, and you can be sure that they will always be the ones who benefit.

Without your help we could not continue to operate. Being told that you have enjoyed your time with us gives a great boost to all the human carers at Wales Ape and Monkey Sanctuary, and makes our work doubly worthwhile.

We are open to visitors from 10-30am till 5pm right throughout the year.  To stay with us over night please click here

Wales Ape & Monkey Sanctuary Ltd. Company Registration No 3714183 .       VAT Number 741 8355 27.       UK registered charity number 1076645.

We extend a heartfelt thank-you to our visitors and sponsors...  We have always been encouraged by the support that we receive from the public, but this year has been especially gratifying. Not only have more visitors come to see our animals, but they have been generous with their praise for the work we do and many have made a point of telling us how much they enjoyed their visit. 

The number of people taking us up on our "Keeper for a Day" opportunities has soared and the reactions have been universally excellent

The number of people repeating the experience, or sending their friends, tells us how much our visitors have enjoyed themselves.

Our specially equipped ambulances often cross the channel.      Find out about our European rescue missions.

Caehopkin, Abercrave, Swansea Valley, SA9 1UD South Wales, UK Tel +44 (0) 1639 730276    Email:-

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                                  JOIN IN THE SANCTUARY RESCUES. The Sanctuary is pleased that Tomtom has generously helped  to  facilitate our rescues by updating our current sat nav to a GO 950 with live services. The new Sat nav will help with live updates of traffic congestion in the UK & Europe and so avoid long delays for the animals by diverting the rescue ambulance via a suitable alternative route.

 See how we took Anne the Elephant to her retirement home at Longleat

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Read the heart rending story of Denzil the Marmoset.

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