MONKEY JUNGLE, MIAMI FLORIDA
When Joseph DuMond, an inquisitive animal behaviorist, released six monkeys into the wilds of a dense South Florida hammock in 1933, he didnt realize his endeavors would help shape the attitudes of many in the primatological and zoological fields. The release fifty years ago of that small Java troop signified the beginning of the larger thriving troop that runs free at MONKEY JUNGLE today.
Located just off U.S. 1 in South Dade, MONKEY JUNGLE was an innovator of many of the concepts currently seen in the design of zoological parks. It is home to nearly 400 primates, most running free on a 30 acre reserve. It is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States and the only one that the general public can explore.
Visitors today are immediately welcome by the Java monkey troop, now numbering in the 80s. The Java monkeys forage through the Jungle eating natural foods. This experience with the monkeys continues to be a highlight of Monkey Jungle. The Java monkey is a skilled diver in the wild, collecting crabs and other shellfish along the riverbanks and mangrove swamps. Scheduled feedings at MONKEY JUNGLE show off these water skills as animals dive into a pool to receive fruit from the guides.
As part of the parks continuing effort to promote the understanding of primates, MONKEY JUNGLE has given a new look introducing audiences to the lifestyle of the orangutan. Always unpredictable, the audience often witnesses impromptu acts by these lovable apes.
A total of 30 species of primates are represented at MONKEY JUNGLE including gibbons, guenons, spider monkeys and colobus. The Golden Lion Tamarin is native to the Brazilian jungle. Threatened with extinction, MONKEY JUNGLE proudly participates in an international effort to save the tiny creature.
- Primates (30 Different Species)
- Amazonian Rain Forest (only semi-natural tropical rainforest found in North America)
- Hangin' with Orangs (Watch and listen as an ape trainer session.
- Wild Monkey Swimming Pool (Watch monkeys wade into the pool for treats and skin dive)
- Archeological Discoveries (Fossil specimens from 10,000 years ago)
- Adoption Program (Certificate and Plaque)
- Aviary (Sanctuary for Captive Parrots)
MONKEY JUNGLE includes an Amazonian rainforest, the only semi-natural tropical rainforest found in North America.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists more than a third of primates as critically endangered or vulnerable. Large-scale tropical forest clearing is widely regarded as the process that most threatens primates. More than 90% of primate species occur in tropical forests. The main cause of forest loss is clearing for agriculture, although commercial logging, subsistence harvesting of timber, mining, and dam construction contribute to tropical forest depletion too.
Where Humans Are Caged and Monkeys Run Wild!
14805 Southwest 216th St. Miami, FL 33170
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