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“Very well loved residents” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Monkey Jungle

Monkey Jungle
14805 SW 216 St., Miami, FL 33170
+1 305-235-1611
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Ranked #39 of 204 things to do in Miami
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Monkey Jungle is a one of a kind wildlife park and discovery center established in 1935. It is on a natural subtropical forest in southern Miami Dade County. The Jungle wildlife live here much as they would in their native habitats. Visitors, students and scientists experience unique up close encounters with these amazing creatures in Miami's natural 30-acre Jungle park. Over 4,000 primates run free throughout this reserve.
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“Very well loved residents”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

If you are looking to be entertained & know your money is going to a good cause, Monkey Jungle is a great way to spend time with the family. King, the gorilla is definitely a must meet. If your willing to spend a little more, I highly recommend the Rainforest Feeding. The squirrel monkeys will just come sit on you and eat the nuts & raisins.

Visited April 2013
2 Thank Gajhawk
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“Mixed feelings...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We visited Monkey Jungle in January 2013 and were both happy and sad about what is going on in this place. 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. It was actually fun to feed the monkeys (with food sold at the gift shop) while walking inside the "caged corridors". It's founder Joseph DuMond wanted to promote the understanding of primates and they succeed in doing so. Monkey Jungle participates in an international effort to save the Golden Lion Tamarin (native to the Brazilian jungle) and has also taken in an abused gorilla from a circus (the poor fellow had his canines extracted -to be less dangerous to the monster who maltreated him-). Also, Monkey Jungle and Wings of Love Foundation, a non-profit organization, have created a sanctuary for captive parrots that are displaced or can no longer be cared for by their owners. The birds will not be sold or bred for commercial purposes.
That's for the happy part.
Now for the sad part....
We were dispirited to see lots of monkeys literally stuck in bare ciment cages with a few metal structures for them to climb on. We were surprised to see no trees, bushes or anything resembling a tree, had been planted or included somehow, inside. The orangutan is all by itself in its compound which from what we could see, doesn't seem to have lots of trees. I say "what we could see" because the part of the compound facing the public is all cement. I'll give Monkey Jungle some points for making it less bare than a cage but considering orangutans are the most arboreal of the great apes and spend most of their time in trees, one wonders where the "jungle" is.... Orangutans are among the most intelligent primates; they use a variety of sophisticated tools and construct elaborate sleeping nests each night from branches and foliage. I know Orangutans are the most solitary of the great apes and social bonds occur primarily between mothers and their dependent offspring (who stay together for the first two years) but one can only hope the orangutan there is a male. As for the gorila, not having any canine makes it "less attractive" to a female and unable to defend himself (with his now gone teeth) if attacked so King is all by himself. We were told "he likes to watch T.V.". Pe-lease! I'm sure there must be other apelike activities out there. Knowing gorillas are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes, it was a relief to see its "space" not being a cage. From where we sat, we got the impression it was like a little "jungle". Sadly though, both the orangutan and the gorilla had to perform what I consider stupid tricks (that for some reason please the public, who is obviously not aware of how far this is to their natural instinct) to get their food.
Now, the parrots...
The birds are housed in huge, free-flight geodesic domes with suitable companions and grouped with other native species from their particular region of the world. The domes are barely furnished with natural foliage which doesn't add much interest and security for the birds. They are fed with seeds only and have nowhere to bathe or shower. I have two Goffin cockatoos and KNOW parrots eat more than seeds and need to bathe or shower (and DO really enjoy it). I asked one of the staff members why there weren't at least some mist dispensers in the domes, her answer: "they don't need 'em!" I told her nicely (even though I was shocked and alarmed by her answer) that this wasn't the case, that my birds actually join me in the shower on their own will, she wouldn't believe me. There also was a poor blue hyacinth macaw all alone in a -too small- cage (the "house of Blue") near the gift shop who desperatly needed to be at least paired with another one or put into the domes with other macaws.
In conclusion, Monkey Jungle misleads the public with its name. O.K., they "educate" people and "try" to give a better life to some of the animals or even protect some from extinction but the place needs serious upgrading in the care for animal area.

Visited January 2013
5 Thank Denyse P
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“Good overall”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

Monkey Jungle was an overall enjoyable experience. The jungle was easy to navigate and walk through independently. It was fun to feed the monkeys with food purchased at the gift shop, and nice to watch (some) of them run freely. I was sad, however, to see many of the monkeys in rather barren-looking cages. I would say that the advertising for this jungle is somewhat misleading in that sense. I was under the impression that they all "ran free" within the jungle. Staff seemed knowledgable and invested. My hope is that they keep a good eye on visitors as they roam through. I was shocked and enraged to see some stupid f*** pounding his fist on a parrot's cage, as well as another lowlife from that group doing the same to a monkey's cage. (Staff did approach and tell them to stop. I was just about to report them).

Seeing the many (animal) creatures here was wonderful and should give all a greater appreciation for endangered animals and their habitats.

Visited March 2013
Thank DeeDee432
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“Monkey sees you”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Truly a great time clean easily navigated for young and old, from spider monkees to a gorilla the place was fun and educational only place Ive been that the animals are freeb and the humans are in cages, tip bringbur own raisins to feed the population you'll save cash.

Visited March 2013
2 Thank abigjudge
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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“Matt gives a great tour - great for kids and adults”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

This attraction is great for kids and adults alike. You walk through tunnels with different types of monkeys crawling on the roofs of the fenced in tunnels. You feed monkeys raisins by dropping them into metal bowls which they left up to the roof. I haven't been anywhere with this kind of interactivity.

There are also other types of primates in cages which can be fed through tubes, orangutans and a gorilla which can be seen through a guided tour, including a visit to monkeys which might swim for you.

If you spend an extra $60 per person, you can participate in the Amazon Rain Forest tour. You get about 30 to 45 minutes of time in a clearing where you can feed Capuchins, Squirrel Monkeys and Howler Monkeys, though you'll probably only see the first two.

I have been on this tour twice and both times were led by Matt. He knows about each one of the Squirrel Monkeys, even though there are about 120 of them around. He knows their names, relationships, history, behavior and is great about showing you how to get the best photos.

Visited March 2013
Thank NervousDuck
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