A WEEK-LONG conservation event at Trentham Monkey Forest in September will raise money and awareness of the plight of the endangered Barbary macaques that call it home.
Between September 14 and 22 the popular Staffordshire tourist spot will donate 50p from every visitors ticket toward one of two conservation projects supporting the monkeys - the Moroccan Primate Conservation Foundation (MPC) or a University of Lincoln research project.
Visitors will have the chance to find out about the work being done to protect the species and then choose which project should receive their donation.
A spokesman for the attraction said: "Trentham Monkey Forest, unique to the UK, is home to 140 free roaming Barbary macaques in a 60–acre forest environment.
"There are no cages or bars and visitors can watch them wandering across pathways and swinging through the trees overhead, as they would in the wilds of their native Algeria or Morocco," she said. "It’s the perfect opportunity to visit the monkeys, meet our new babies and support a fantastic cause."
On Saturday September 21 two renowned international experts working with Barbary macaques in the wild, Dr Bonaventura Majolo and Dr Stuart Semple, will hold a seminar about their work with the monkeys in Morocco.
The evening will run from 5.30pm until 7.30pm and tickets are £5 with all proceeds going to Barbary macaque conservation and can be bought at www.monkey-forest.com.
September marks the second conservation week at the monkey forest this year.
The first, in July, raising £872 for the University of Lincoln research project and £583.50 for the MPC's Educational School programme.