Monkey Jungle in Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida

A TIMELESS SOUTH FLORIDA ATTRACTION: MONKEY JUNGLE 14805 SW 216 Street Miami, FL (305) 235-1611 Miami, Florida--When Joseph DuMond, an inquisitive animal behaviorist, released six monkeys into the wilds of a dense south Florida hammock in 1933, he didn't realize his endeavors would help shape the attitudes of many in the primatological and zoological fields. The release 50 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. Highway 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 4,000 primates, most running free on the 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 welcomed by the Java monkey troop, now numbering in the 80's. The Java monkeys forage through the jungle eating natural foods. However, they do not hesitate to accept peanuts and raisins from the hands of eager children and adults. This contact with the monkeys continues to be a highlight of the Monkey Jungle experience. The Java monkey is a skilled skin 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 park's continuing effort to promote the understanding of primates, Monkey Jungle has given its Ape Encounter show a new look, introducing audiences to the lifestyle of the orangutan and chimpanzees. Always unpredictable, the audience often witnesses impromptu acts by these lovable apes. A total of 35 species of primates are represented at Monkey Jungle including gibbons, guenons, spider monkeys and colubus. The Golden Lion Tamarin, on exhibit, is native to the Brazilian jungle. Threatened with extinction, Monkey Jungle proudly participates in an international effort to save the tiny creature. Now in its third generation of family ownership, Monkey Jungle remains one of the truly timeless attractions in South Florida. Visitors of all ages continue to enjoy an intimate glimpse into the experience that creates a lifetime of memories. Monkey Jungle is open every day of the year from 9:30am. Tickets are sold until 4pm. Plan to spend at least two hours. The last series of shows start at 3pm, so we recommend that you arrive before then. There are three different shows which run on a continuous cycle throughout the day. They are: * The Wild Monkeys Swimming Pool where the free-ranging crab-eating monkeys come to feed and swim and play at their pool. * The Hangin' with Oranges. Meet our Orang Utan family, introducing Lucy and Mei. Watch and listen as our ape trainer takes you through a training session. * The King of Our Jungle. Discover the amazing intelligence of the gentle giant, "King," our Lowland Gorilla. * The Chimpin' With Colin & Colleen. See the learning ability of our twin chimpanzees or enjoy their unpredictable antics.

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