MONKEY BUSINESS

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At most zoos it’s the animals who are caged and the humans who are allowed to roam free, but at Monkey Jungle, they’ve flipped the script, and the results are amazing. Bring your kids here on your next family day and you’ll be delighted to notice that the monkeys are in control here … sort of. Of course they’re cared for by skilled handlers–this is one of the few protected habitats for endangered primates in the United States–but rather than being confined to their enclosures, they run wild through their own little slice of subtropical jungle, while you navigate through a network of fenced-in tunnels and walkways that wind throughout the 30-acre habitat. Your kids will love exploring the grounds and spotting some of the more than 400 monkeys from 30 different species that call this jungle home. And they’re not shy. Shortly after entering, you’ll be greeted by the playful, 80-member strong Java monkey troop, which forages and occasionally begs for for food. Luckily, when you buy your ticket you can grab a few boxes of raisins (monkeys love raisins even more than your kids do). Don’t worry, you don’t directly feed the animals. Instead, you place the raisins in cups that the monkeys can access by pulling on a chain, and they do so enthusiastically. So nobody’s in any danger, and everybody has fun, which is what family day is all about.

Monkey Jungle

14805 SW 216th St Miami FL 33170

(305) 235-1611

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