Watch with delight as monkeys roam freely inside Miami’s Monkey Jungle, the only semi-natural tropical rainforest in North America!
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. The wildlife park is now over 30 acres. 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. In fact, the park’s slogan is “Where humans are caged and the monkeys run wild!”
Monkey Jungle Animals
Aside from macaques, howlers, capuchins, and other monkeys, visitors can also see an orangutan, a gorilla, parrots, giant turtles, a rhino iguana, and more.
Monkey Jungle Prices
Below are the current Monkey Jungle Prices:
- – Adults: $29.95
- – Children (ages 3 – 9): $23.95
- – Seniors (ages 65+): $27.95
There are coupons for a few dollars off on their website.
Monkey Jungle Hours
Monkey Jungle is open daily, 365 days a year, from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. You do have to get there before 4 pm though, because that is when their ticket office closes.
Final Thoughts On Monkey Jungle
We think they whole concept of Monkey Jungle is great. To be able to see the troops of monkeys roam around so freely is pretty awesome. And the fact that you’re in a mini rainforest is pretty cool too. It’s just one of the many things in Miami that people don’t expect to find.
Have you been to Monkey Jungle? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂
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