15 October 2011

LOL

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK


We visited peaceful, stately Longleat House
 once belonging to Lord Bath in Wiltshire




I know what you're thinking...
how grand 
how historical
how pastoral...
Ahhh...

You would be right

But look what's really going on
at the property
(wink, wink)




These furry hoodlums jump onto every passing car,
'lifting' whatever they can get their monkey hands on!

It was outrageous!

Opened in 1966, Longleat was the first drive-through safari park outside Africa


With the idea that animals are in large enclosures and 
people are in 'cages' (aka cars)
you really get quite a view

Yep, quite a view indeedy...


'Teamwork'


Above, you can see a playset for the monkeys 
but with license plates, hubcaps, windshield wipers, and antennas to rip off
who needs a playset?


Worse For Wear: a dangling wiper and broken antennae
Hmm, does his insurance policy include monkey damage?


Cars can detour the monkey enclosure if desired

As you can imagine, the safari park takes no responsibility for damage

I've never seen anything quite like it!

 { they jumped on our car but didn't succeed in taking anything, those rascals }




While I'm not a big fan of zoos,
this seems an ideal setting for animals in captivity






Wolves


This used to be one of the longest yew mazes in England

Although it may no longer hold that title, 
it was certainly the most difficult one we've tackled yet




To finish the day
we fed sea lions
and
walked among meerkats

It was an unforgettable day for my animal-loving kids

and for me, thoughts of monkeys from 
the Wizard Of Oz kept running through my mind :)

I wonder why...

- all photos by me -
More info: Longleat 

51 comments:

mimi_tulipánová said...

I like it. Once I was in such safari park in Austria, but I have learned that no longer exists.
Daniela

Celestial Charms said...

What a cute post today! We have a drive thru Safari park about 30 minutes from our home here in Texas. No monkeys or tigers though. No, the dangerous ones here are the ostriches, as they tend to agressively peck into your open window. The llamas get a bit excitable too, although I would have never guessed that until I witnessed it! :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Maureen

Sunray Gardens said...

That place looks like a lot of fun to visit. Although I would not be a happy camper over any destruction of my car. Fabulous photos.
Cher Sunray Gardens

Ellie said...

That looks like a really fun day. I think I might detoured the money part though lol. The scenery is beautiful and you have some stunning images there.

Meera @ firstsense said...

Ha, oh gosh! Aren't they such rascals, feel sorry for anyone whose car gets damaged by monkeys! Becomes a more expensive trip than anticipated! Sounds like a great experience though!

Meera xx

P.S. There's a lovely giveaway on my blog you may want to check out! :-)

Jane said...

What an adventure, Laura! Goodness, you did get up close to the fauna. And that maze looks just brilliant - did you really find your way out? J x

babi Maňasová said...

I like it very much. The house seems to be a great historical building, but the ZOO about it is lovely. Please excuse my english.

TexWisGirl said...

that's a neat place!!! i do like the freedome they seem to have - even the rascally thieves!

ann said...

I would imagine that the children loved the park. It looks like a perfect place where animals can roam free and be safe. I didn't get to comment on your fall photos--stunning color.

Mommie Dearest Strikes Again said...

What a fun day - minus he monkey damage, of course! Beautiful pictures!

Sherri B. said...

Looks like monkey business to me...haha! How wonderful for the children to be able to see animals that they usually only see on pages of a book. Fantastic!

Zosia said...

When I lived in Canada and my daughter was still in kindergarten, we went for the trip to the African Lions Safari in Ontario. We spent a few hours there with the group of kids from the kindergarten and one of the things we saw was an elephant show. When I asked my daughter later what she liked best she said "when I touched the elephant's hairy bum".

lisaroyhandbags said...

Those little monkey buggers! Looks like a fun day minus the car damage! :)

Pink Princess said...

Cheeky monkeys!! Looks like you had a great day!

Bonnie said...

What a fun day. Beautiful pictures. That's a first for me hearing about the monkeys!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

So many great shots! I would be so upset at those monkeys, but they sure are cute. We went thru a safari park in Texas a long time ago and I looked out the window and exclaimed "Aw! What a cute pygmy rhinoceros!" No sooner had I uttered those words than he began to ram my door with his horn, putting a dent in the door. :(

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Laura!

I'm sorry I haven't taken time to leave a comment lately, but I have still been following your adventures in the U.K. My husband is flying out of North Carolina to Dublin, Ireland, tomorrow. Oh how I wish I were going with him.

This is the cutest post -- I loved it! :) Ironically, I did a zoo post this week, too. We didn't make it to the Africa Complex this time around, so my post doesn't show as many big animals, although we did see some bears, which I'll be showing in another post. We plan to visit the zoo again in order to see the Africa portion.

This Longleat House is certainly spectacular. Do they have public tours of the house? Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.

Denise

Privet and Holly said...

What an amazing day, Laura!
Love the monkeys, cheeky
little fellows that they are!
Your kids will always remember
this adventure : )!!
xx Suzanne

Ola said...

Isn't it too cold for them?:)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

@ Jane - it was a tricky maze for sure. Once we all gathered in the lookout in the middle of the maze, thirty minutes had passed :)

@ Denise - yes, they do have tours of the house. My kids were too pooped to view it though :) I've heard it is lovely.

@ Ola - many of the animals are born and bred at the park, so they are acclimated to the weather :)

Pet said...

What a delightful place, all these entrepreneurial English Lords trying to put their castles to work :-)
I'll keep this Post in Favorites for a next trip. Thanks for the tip.

Come At Me Bro said...

This is great!

ramblinbess said...

How funny to see all those animals in that environment. I hope the lions aren't anywhere near the maze though!

Pondside said...

I'd probably skip the visit with the monkeys, but would love to see the other animals.
I enjoyed a little tour around your blog - you give a view of the UK that's unique, perhaps because you're an expat. I'll be back!

Henrietta said...

So unreal, really and the first shot is gorgeous.

StarletStarlet said...

LOL!! What the... those monkeys collaborating are adorable.

I don't like zoo either. But you are right, I think this is a great place for the animals - they can actually have real space and can breath fresh air!

Beautiful pics Laura!

GirlSprout said...

Lovely photos of the animals in threes. Hope your kids had a blast.

Felicity said...

Glorious!

This is my kind of zoo for sure.
It does make me wonder what the animals from the African Plains do when the temperatures drop and they are living in the snow.
Thank you for sharing this wonderful pocket of the world.

Waving from across the seas,
xx Felicity

Barbara said...

Those monkeys are insane! I would love to do this with my family, however I don't think my husband would be to keen on having them rip apart his car.

ladyliberty said...

I love Longleat - we go at least twice a year, but now that I have a brand new car, I dont think we will be doing the monkey enclosure again :)

flowers on my table said...

I can't say that I am too keen on Zoo's either, but the animals at Longleat all looked in remarkably good health, not to mention those cheeky monkeys. It is a great form of education for the children, my daughter loves to go to the Zoo. Thanks for your great photographs Laura. Have a wonderful week, love Linda x

Susy said...

I love England .....
Now I also love your blog!!
The pictures are wonderful, I put
in the list of places to come and visit,
Thanks Sue x

Hines-Sight said...

Odd, eccentric place, isn't it?

chris said...

My children would love that park as well. I would avoid the monkey enclosure, for sure.

Tanvi said...

Looks like an interesting place. I love the photography. Great shots!

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Nieves said...

How interesting to know about this place Laura. And, as always, I love ALL your photos posted! Thanks for the post and have a nice Tuesday!

Emily said...

You aptly entitled your post. LOL and that's exactly what I was doing during the initial reading. MY WORD! those monkeys would have me in nightmares a la Oz! I can't get over them on the red electrical truck . . . you should submit that photo!

Pom Pom said...

That's crazy! I like the monkeys! When I was a child, my dad brought home a monkey like that and we enjoyed our little pet very much until she pinched my sister and had to find a new home. We were pretty mad at my sister.

beetree said...

What a beautiful place! My favorite shot is of the wolves- it just looks so medieval! The maze would creep me out as much as the monkeys! Ha :) Looks like a wonderful day with your family.

Ashleigh said...

I love it! What a smashing idea! I am currently working on a couple of blog posts about those same little monkeys in Gibralter! Thanks for sharing!

lizzybradbury said...

Haha, those monkeys just make me laugh - They're hilarious and you can almost hear the monkey conversations they must be having while breaking antenna's!

I've never been to longleat but people have told me about it, although they never told me you can drive through all the enclosures as well as the monkey one!

Looks great!
Lizzy x

Jeanne said...

Amazing Laura!! Another one to add to my list. :)

Jeanne xx

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots of the place. The monkeys are having gala time.

aBroad said...

How fantastic !! I loved your photos .. what an amazing place.
besos, C

aBroad said...

You have MAIL :)

Kay G. said...

Wow, those monkeys are really into monkey business. Glad your car made it through. What a beautiful spot. Thanks for sharing it!

Robin said...

Oh my goodness, little buggers indeed. I can't believe they let them get away with that (though I guess how would you stop them...) - the worst we get at our drive-through safari here in Israel is the occasional (okay, fairly frequent) ostrich peck on the window. Mad monkeys aside, it does look like a beautiful spot.

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flowers on my table said...

Hi Laura, many thanks for your visit and comments on Halloween. I agree with you the pumpkins with the holes in are really cute, I think they look like toadstools. Have a great weeek, love Linda x

UKMUMINUSA said...

OMG what a blast from the past, when I was a very young child we used to live in Warminster, not far from Longleat, and we used to visit the safari park quite often, those monkeys have not changed then!!!! Thanks for posting this and bringing back some memories I had forgotten about.

christy said...

I didn't know there was such a thing in England!

Gris fleur said...

We've been yesterday and we had great fun too ! But I'm glad I didn't meet the excentric owner of the property ! Any success at the car boot sale ?