When most people think of Miami, I’m sure a rainforest doesn’t usually come to mind. But a rainforest (and plenty of monkeys!) is exactly what you will find if you visit Monkey Jungle in South Miami.
Monkey Jungle was founded in 1933 by Joseph DuMond. He was an animal behaviorist who wanted to study primates in their natural habitats but didn’t want to travel the world to do it. So he imported six Java, or Crab-Eating, Macaques and released them onto 10 acres of land he had purchased in South Florida.
His son Frank also helped to expand the site and spent over five years collecting plants from the Amazon rainforest in Peru to create the only semi-natural tropical rainforest in North America. Since its founding, Monkey Jungle has helped scientists study primate behavior and ecology and many of their works have been published and recognized around the world.
The really awesome part about Monkey Jungle is that, for the most part, the hundreds of monkeys run completely free; the pathways where people walk are what is fenced. Aside from macaques, howlers, capuchins, and other monkeys, visitors can also see an orangutan, a gorilla, parrots, giant turtles, a rhino iguana, and more.
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