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Director: Tony Blignaut
Mission: Monkeyland is the worldâ€™s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary. Its aims are to provide ex-captive primates with a healthier, more natural life and to raise public awareness about primates. Around 400 apes, monkeys and lemurs live at Monkeyland, including gibbons, capuchin monkeys, squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, miniature monkeys, vervet monkeys, spectacled langurs and three species of lemur. Experienced rangers guide one-hour tours through Monkeylandâ€™s 12ha indigenous forest in English, Afrikaans, German, French, Italian and Spanish. They also point out, identify and explain the many wonders of life in the forest, from the rich diversity of bird life to the intricate workings of the forest itself. The emphasis is on searching for the primates, and the reward is to see the various species as they are meant to be: free and in a natural habitat. Guests leave our sanctuary with a greater understanding of the primates of the world and the threats they are facing. One of our main goals is to educate the public about the adverse effects of keeping primates as pets, in terms of both physical and psychological health. Also important is the rapid decline of natural habitats due to logging, mining, agriculture and human settlements. We encourage the visiting public to buy goods wisely, ranging from second-hand or antique wood-products, to pharmaceuticals and cosmetics that were not tested on animals. By working with the non-profit organisation Touch A Monkeyâ€™s Heart Foundation (NPO 008-464), Monkeyland has secured the future of all its primates. The Foundation is the sole custodian of all the primates at Monkeyland. The sanctuary funds itself by means of responsible eco-tourism and we strive to achieve an effective balance between conservation and economic reality. Monkeyland is situated 16km East of Plettenberg Bay off the N2. Please visit www.monkeyland.co.za or call 044 534 8906 for more information.
Principal Research Programs: Students with research interests are welcome to apply to work with our primate keepers as volunteers.
Supported Species: 3 Alouatta caraya (black-and-gold howler), 2 Aotus trivirgatus (owl monkey), 3 Ateles geoffroyi (Geoffroy's spider monkey), 23 Callithrix jacchus (common marmoset), 79 Cebus apella (tufted capuchin), 3 Cebus olivaceus (wedge-capped capuchin), 104 Chlorocebus aethiops (grivet), 1 Eulemur macaco (black lemur), 4 Galago moholi (South African lesser bushbaby), 3 Hylobates lar (lar gibbon), 37 Lemur catta (ring-tailed lemur), 1 Nycticebus pygmaeus (lesser slow loris), 1 Otolemur crassicaudatus (thick-tailed bushbaby), 5 Saguinus midas (midas tamarin), 6 Saguinus oedipus (cotton-top tamarin), 102 Saimiri boliviensis (Bolivian squirrel monkey), 5 Saimiri sciureus (common squirrel monkey), 1 Trachypithecus obscurus (dusky leaf monkey), 23 Varecia variegata variegata (black-and-white ruffed lemur)
Last Updated: 2009-07-30
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