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...

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...


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


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
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