Monkeyland In A Nutshell
Monkeyland – the world’s first free-roaming multi-species primate sanctuary (located in The Crags, near Plettenberg Bay) - offers tours (we call them monkey safaris) during which you’ll see more than 550+ primates comprising of capuchin monkeys, ringtail and black-and-white ruffed lemurs, saki monkeys, squirrel monkeys, vervet monkeys, 2 species of langur, howler monkeys, gibbons, etc in their forest home. You will also experience our 128-metre suspended canopy walk whilst on tour. There’s also a restaurant, souvenir store, and viewing deck. Our safari guides are multi-lingual (English, Afrikaans, German, French, and Spanish).
Monkeyland was the brainchild of Tony Blignaut whose dream was to create a forest sanctuary that restored the freedom of ex-captive primates. Having researched the situation of captive primates in South Africa he found that many exotic species lived in terrible conditions in people’s homes. Pet primate owners are often overwhelmed by the difficulties of keeping intelligent wild animals as pets and, prior to Monkeyland they had no place to turn for a more appropriate home. Other primates are kept in equally terrible conditions in circuses and laboratories. Furthermore, many zoos have ‘surplus’ primates, for which they no longer have space. And so, after much hard work, in 1998 the world’s first free-roaming, multi-species primate sanctuary was born.
In conjunction with offering ex-pets and zoo primates more appropriate homes in a semi-free roaming forest, primates will also be allowed to find their own friends, mates and companions and form family groups; in doing so the potential to breed will strengthen bonds and provide them with natural family structures. Part of the dream in the creation of Monkeyland was in the future, maybe not so far anymore, ‘give back to nature’, literally to one day have the ability to re-populate areas where previously these same species of primates used to roam but has been wiped out as result of human exploitation, logging, de-forestation, natural disasters like fire, etc. Hence certain species, all already endangered or critically endangered in the wild, will have the ability to re-produce for future reintroduction back into the wild, literally to safeguard the seeds for the future. In saying that, NO primate will ever be traded from Monkeyland to a private individual or institution/zoo unless it is for reintroduction back into the wild.
Role of Monkeyland in Plettenberg Bay in nature conservation
To maintain and protect genetically pure species of various taxa in a semi wild state, housed in free-roaming habitats that are not un-similar to those of the animal’s home ranges. To one day hold the seeds of these Taxa that can be reintroduced back into the wild when circumstances are right.
Monkeyland suports the #HandsOffOurWildlife initiative. We have a strict no touch policy.
Please contact Lara for further info.
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