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Published at 8:01am 25th August 2018.

Monkey World Ape Rescue Director, Dr Alison Cronin, will be joining Oxford Brookes University graduates in September to  receive an honorary degree.

The Rescue Centre, based in Wareham, works towards primate rescue, rehabilitation and conservation.

The centre has assisted the governments of 26 countries to stop primate smuggling.

Anna Nekaris, professor of Anthropology and Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University nominated Alison for the award. She said the students are very excited to be graduating and some are only going because of Alison.

She told Wessex FM,

“Alison has been a pivotal person in Europe, rescuing animals that were used as photo props on tourist beaches and bringing them safely back to Monkey World.”

Honorary graduates are chosen according to how their particular achievements link with the work of the University. The awards are given to acknowledge the university’s admiration and respect for recipients.

Alison started her work at Monkey World with her husband Jim, who sadly passed in 2007. She has expanded her work with illegal wildlife trade and protecting primates around the world.

One of Alison’s projects is a charity based in Vietnam where she has a major rescue centre for gibbons and slow lorises, both who are extremely threatened by deforestation and illegal trade.

Alison’s work contributes to international animal rescue, especially primate conservation, and Monkey World is just one example of her generous efforts.

Professor Nekaris spoke about the work at Monkey World fondly and tells us about their importance.

“I think sometimes when people think of Monkey World they mistake it for a zoo but it actually started as a rescue centre.

Our students first experiences have been in somewhere like Monkey World where they are very careful about telling the stories of the conservation alongside the animals that are there.

They have all the education of a typical zoo, but they go a step further which is very relevant for our course.”

Alison was awarded an MBE in 2006 for Services to Animal Welfare and founded the Endangered Asian Species Trust.

Monkey World is open every day, except Christmas, from 10am to 5pm.

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