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Mike Colbourne

John Proctor, alias Mike Colbourne


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Mike Colbourne was working at the Bristol Zoo during the time that he played the lead role in 'The Crucible'. He was sometimes referred to as 'The Ape Man'.

Mike has worked with great apes since 1960 and has worked at Monkey World since 1997. During his time at Monkey World, Mike has been sent to Holland to work with Dutch keepers when they were preparing to bring a new species to the park and he was also sent to Italy when some woolly monkeys were moved there.

 In the photo bottom left Mike checks up on an elderly woolly monkey named Xuzy.