Miami’s Redlands hosts one of the most unique animal attractions I’ve ever seen – Monkey Jungle. A local Miami attraction since 1933, Monkey Jungle isn’t a high-tech, shiny, plastic tourist trap. Instead, it’s an old-school attraction that has survived the hurricanes of Florida for over 70 years which is down-right cool.
Wanna see one of the coolest things about Monkey Jungle? Watch this video:
When Joseph DuMond, an inquisitive animal behaviorist, released six monkeys into the wilds of a dense South Florida hammock in 1933, he didnâ€™t realize his endeavors would help shape the attitudes of many in the primatological and zoological fields. The release over seventy five years ago of that small Java troop signified the beginning of the larger thriving troop that runs free at Monkey Jungle today.
It is home to nearly 400 primates, most running free on a 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. A total of 30 species of primates are represented including gibbons, guenons and spider monkeys. The Golden Lion Tamarin is native to the Brazilian jungle. Threatened with extinction, Monkey Jungle participates in an international effort to save the tiny creature.
You can see my entire album of Monkey Jungle pictures, or go visit yourself. It’s a great time.