We need your help! We have a very URGENT petition that we would like you to sign. It only takes a minute and it's so important to us. Here is the link, Please click. The petition is called 'Install traffic calming measures at our sanctuary, NOW!'. Some of you may know that the sanctuary is in 2 halves as there is a single track lane that goes through it. This lane is 60mph! We manage the car park to the best of our ability but we cannot control speeding vehicles coming through. We have campaigned and done petitions over the last 25 years but Powys Council don't see a problem. We recently had a meeting with GoSafe, Dyfed Powys Police, Chief of Staff to Fay Jones MP and 3 council workers. From this meeting, the council decided that the road does not qualify for any 'traffic calming' and that we would need a meeting with a different council worker. Iain, Chief of Staff to Fay Jones MP, wrote to this council worker and they have point blank refused a meeting. We have the full backing of Dyfed Powys Police and GoSafe. Iain and Fay have both written on 3/4 occasions now to Lee Waters MS (The man who has campaigned for 20mph in Wales) to help us with the lane. As yet, he has still not responded and this is why we have had to start a petition. We want visitors to feel safe when they're here and it is a shame that Powys Council do not feel the same. Please sign NOW. We really appreciate your support. Thank you.
Brass monkeys no more!! During Christmas and New Year, our biomass boiler broke down. The boiler heats the whole sanctuary, this includes all the monkey bedrooms and the shop. It also gives us hot water! As there is no mains gas in the area, the biomass boiler is the safest way to heat everywhere- we would never have to worry about a gas leak for example. So when the boiler stopped working, Graham stripped it down and identified the problem- the end of the auger had sheared off and we needed a new gearbox for the feeder. The gearbox wasn't a problem as we managed to order that for next day delivery. The problem was the end piece of the auger. Previously, this whole auger had to be ordered from Italy which took over 1 month. We simply couldn't go through that again. A-ha!! Rosie remembered she knew someone who worked at a local engineering company. A quick message was sent and Rosie and Graham went straight down to WECORI to speak to the engineers. They we really happy to help us and were going to start manufacturing the broken part that same afternoon. We were delighted, even more so that by 12pm the next day, it was ready to collect. That same night, Graham put the boiler back together and the heating and hot water was back. Bliss! To have such great support from a local firm, means the world. Not only did Wecori make the part that we needed, they saved us thousands of pounds, they saved us time in waiting and saved the monkeys from potentially freezing. We really do appreciate THANK YOU ERYL, PAUL & TEAM AT WECORI x
New Rescue Ambulance!!We have been incredibly lucky to receive an anonymous & very generous donation which has enabled us to purchase a new ambulance!We are blown away at how kind people can be & are truly grateful Graphics have been done by none other than Si & his team at Elite Signs & Vehicle Graphics, who again have done a superb job All we need now is a rescue mission.... watch this space!Thank you, Thank you
We would like to say a massive thank you to Morgan Construction Wales for the donation of drainage pipes! This is a huge saving for the sanctuary, especially at this time of year when visitor numbers are much lower. When it rains in Wales- it rains! We will use the pipes to replace old ones. We are really grateful to Tom Rees for sorting the pipes for us and even delivering them :) Tom also gave us a huge cut off of a pipe (more like a barrel!) which we will give to the monkeys so they can play with it. Keep following our socials for a video! Please follow the link above to their website for all your construction needs! Thanks again Tom and MCL.
Meet our chimpanzees! You will go with the Head Keeper to the chimp house and get to give the chimps scatter mix like dried fruit/ nuts (Nakima loves dried apricots!), you will also get to give them a drink if they want! This is a unique experience! There's not many people who can say they've been so close to a chimp. Duration 30 minutes Mon - Sat at 11.30am or 2.30pm Max 2 people Minimum age 10 (children between 10 - 13 will need to be accompanied by an adult so purchase a voucher for 2 people) 1 person £90 or 2 people £165. Please note, masks MUST be worn. Vouchers valid for 12 months and starting from January 2024. No refunds and vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash or into another persons name. Due to the terrain of the sanctuary & nature of this experience, it may not be suitable for everyone. Please call us to discuss any mobility issues you may have before booking. Please call us to book between the hours of 9am - 5pm on 01639 730276!!
A huge thank you to Butchers Dog Food for their generous donation of dog food! As you can see from the photo, Vinnie is delighted. He is also the only one of dogs we could get a pic of but Nela, Grizzly, Karl, Fritz, Kaiser & Vinnie will enjoy very much. It's so lovely to get a donation like this from such a big company. It helps our charity no end. Thanks again to Butchers Pet Food x
We've been keeping a secret for 3 months...... Say hello to RORY He was born 3 months ago, here at WAMS ....And what a rollercoaster it's been!! When we rescued our other Highlands last year, we knew Eltie was pregnant. She gave birth with no problems but little Rory couldn't feed from her as her udder was so close to the ground (years of being bred). So, we put a pen in the Jan & Graham's dining room and in came Rory! Fresh hay, warmth & 24hr round the clock care. Jan was quick on to milk duty & he soon learnt that Jan was his surrogate cow mum, but he wasn't out of the woods yet! The first couple of weeks were touch and go. We really didn't know if he would survive, hence the radio silence. He needed to be weighed everyday, which meant Nicola picking him up! Rory decided if he was being weighed, then he would poo aswell Mostly on Nicola btw At one point, Graham even took Rory to the vets in the back of his car! When Rory was strong enough, we moved him in to the barn and also brought his Mum in to be with him and bond. Success! Mother & Son bonded and Rory is now out in the field with all the fold who all seem to love him He runs around and does little tiny 'moos' The cows have 3 fields to wander around so we can't guarantee you will see them up close but for the last week of summer holidays we will be running 'highland cow buggy tours' in to the field (weather dependant of course) so you can get really close to them.
We are absolutely blown away by our new mural on the chimp house! The wall was completed in 3 days and the artist was Walls By Paul. Please give him a follow/ like or even contact him for a mural :) Paul has done an amazing job capturing the chimps' personalities. Nakima, Bili, Ronnie, Fergus, Twmi, Toto and Tubby are very happy with their portraits :) Make sure you tag us in any pics! Instagram Facebook TikTok Twitter Threads
German rescue April 2023. 3 monkeys, 4 countries, 2,000 miles. TEDDY We named him Teddy as he is so fluffy-like a bear! We rescued Teddy from a Zoo in Germany. We believe he is around 14 years old, and he is a barbary macaque (more commonly known as a barbary ape). He and another barbary ape (he has no name) had been loose in the zoo for 5 years. The two monkeys have been running around causing all sorts of mischief with visitors, so the zoo wanted to have them rehomed. Unfortunately, when Graham and Rosie arrived at the zoo to pick them up to bring them to WAMS, the zoo had only caught 1 monkey. The other monkey is still at large in the zoo. Graham and Rosie are hoping to go back within the next 8 weeks for Teddy’s friend, we just hope he can be caught this time. Certain death will face him otherwise. MONA & HUGO Mona & Hugo have been rescued from an animal shelter in Berlin. They are Mother & Son, Rhesus macaques, aged 14 and 9. They had been seized by the German Government (read in to that what you will) and temporarily housed at the shelter which unfortunately couldn’t keep them long term. All 3 monkeys travelled well and didn’t stop eating on their long journey to Wales! They are now in quarantine for the next 4 months, which is law and have weekly checks from the vet. They're getting to know the keepers and the staff and seem to be taking the move in their stride. WAMS are also the Great Ape Project UK. We were contacted by the Great Ape Project Germany to see if we could help with this rescue and how could we say no?! Thank you to everyone for their messages of support and thank you to everyone who donated to this rescue. You keep us going and we can continue to keep rescuing animals in need Cross everything so that we can go back for Teddy’s friend