Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Monkeyland

Monkeyland outside Plettenberg Bay is situated right next door to the stunning Birds of Eden.  Monkeyland was establishment in 1998 and is the biggest multi species free range monkey sanctuary in the world.  Monkeyland is a sanctuary for previously caged monkeys that has been rehabilitated and released into a natural environment.  Visitors to the park are taken on guided tours and isn't allowed to approach or touch the monkeys.  Monkeyland was another regular stop on tour when I was a tourist guide and it was really nice to get an opportunity to visit it again.  On this visit I didn't really get any pictures of the facility, but I can show you some of the 9 species of monkeys that roam the 12 hectare sanctuary .

When the Black and White Ruffed Lemur (Varecia variegata) decide to start making a noise you can hear them all over the sanctuary.  They are one of the three lemur species in the park.

Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri boliviensis) live in groups and you are sure to see these little critters moving along the forest looking for food.  Out of all the monkeys at the sanctuary they are probably the most naughty when it comes to trying to steal food from the seating area at the restaurant and you really need eyes in the back of your head if you decide to sit outside. 

The Tufted or Brown Capuchin (Cebus apella) are probably the best known of the inhabitants of Monkey Land.  They are often used in movies due to their high intelligence.  They were also the monkeys that was used to play music boxes and then go around to collect money.

Kids that have watched the animated movie Madagascar may just recognise the Ringtail Lemurs (Lemur catta).

Now there is a face you just can't help to adore.  The Howler Monkey (Alouatta caraya) is the second loudest animal in the animal kingdom after the Blue Whale.  Even louder than the King of the Jungle, the lion.

3 comments:

  1. They are all spectacular. I like the B&W best. Another great place to visit.

    Thanks for the resaca definition. I was too fried last night to think that out straight.

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  2. OMG!! OMG!! yah gotta know im sittin here just estatic!!

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  3. Your brothers and sisters...* giggle *

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