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.
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