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Monkey Mothering

It's holiday season all over Plettenberg Bay... but the monkeys at the Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary near Nature's Valley are not on holidays at all. In fact, this is the busiest time of year for them, since it's baby season. Nearly all primates give birth to their young at the beginning of summer, because this is when there is the most food available in the wild.

Twinning Primates

Three of Monkeyland's ringtailed lemurs gave birth to a single baby last month and the end of September saw the birth of our first twins for the season in the same species. So one baby? or two? or more? What exactly is the norm in the primate world?

Flossing Monkeys

11 March 2009 Tokyo - Thai monkeys have been observed showing their young how to floss - proof primates teach offspring to use tools, a Japanese researcher said Wednesday.

The Beast And The Monkey

The beasts of the forest gave a splendid entertainment at which the Monkey stood up and danced. Having vastly delighted the assembly, he sat down amidst universal applause.

The Monkey And The Sailor

A sailor, bound on a long voyage, took with him a Monkey to amuse him while on shipboard.

The Monkey And Their Mother

The monkey, it is said, has two young ones at each birth.

The Dacing Monkeys

A prince had some Monkeys trained to dance. Being naturally great mimics of men's actions, they showed themselves most apt pupils, and when arrayed in their rich clothes and masks, they danced as well as any of the courtiers.

The Monkey And The Fisherman

A Monkey perched upon a lofty tree saw some Fishermen casting their nets into a river, and narrowly watched their proceedings.

Jupiter And The Monkey

Jupiter issued a proclamation to all the beasts of the forest and promised a royal reward to the one whose offspring should be deemed the handsomest.

The Fox And The Monkey

A mnkey once danced in an assembly of the Beasts, and so pleased them all by his performance that they elected him their King.

The Cat And The Monkey

A Monkey and a Cat lived in the same family, and it was hard to tell which was the greatest thief.

Pawanputra Hanuman

This is the story of Pawanputra Hanuman, the mighty monkey-god. Do you know how he was born? The story of his birth is as fascinating as his mighty deeds.

The Mouse Lemur



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The Story Of Monkeyland

The Monkeyland concept was initially just a dream, born from my experiences of the systematic demise of African primate populations through the “bushmeat” trade during the 60’s and 70’s whilst doing overland safaris between Nairobi and Johannesburg. Monkeyland is a story about commited people without whom my vision of a forest sanctuary that restores the freedom of ex-captive primates would have been impossible to realise.

Shedding Weight Yet Gaining Capacity

Nine years ago Tony asked me to take a stroll down to our neighbours’ dairy farm.  Not the flat kikuyu fields, but the bit which was never used for much as it was in a forested ravine.   I walked down the steep decent with Tony and listened as he chatted about his idea for a bird sanctuary.  He enthusiastically explained how the walkways would criss-cross the forest.  He pointed out where he wanted to build a suspension bridge, an amphitheater, and the curio and recep...

About Primates

The primate family can be broken up into two different groups and then into five subgroups, which encompass all 234 species of primates. To begin with, we need to define what it is exactly that makes an animal part of the primate family and how these physical characteristics assist the animal in its day-to-day life.

The Queen's Main Man

Hi, my name is Hobbe,   I am a Ringtail Lemur.  Some might say that I am bit on the fat side, but that’s just rude…I am just a bit chubby.  The lady lemurs love my flabby bits, so in the long run, being a bit plump suits me just fine.