Monkey Jungle

Monkey Jungle, Miami: Hours, Address, Monkey Jungle Reviews: 4/5

Monkey Jungle
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Nature & Wildlife Areas • Zoos
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Sunday
12:15 AM - 1:15 PM
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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COVID-19 safety policies: Advance reservations required and masks must be worn by all visitors. Monkey Jungle is a unique eco-show park and discovery center established in 1935 in a natural subtropical forest in southern Miami-Dade County. The Jungle wildlife live here much as they would in their native habitats, joining and interacting with your Guides during our regularly scheduled Shows. Our focus is on natural behaviors in natural habitats, unlike traditional circuses and zoos. Guests, students and scientists explore and experience up close animal encounters with these amazing creatures in Miami's natural 30-acre Jungle park!
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2-3 hours
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Jenifer G
Fort Lauderdale, FL2 contributions
My husband took me here for my birthday as I absolutely adore Monkeys. The staff were very friendly and answered any questions we had but I was a bit disappointed. Because Monkeys can contract covide they are only offering private tours which are $150 per person. I understood that we would get a tour of the rainforest to see Squirrel, Capuchin and Howler Monkeys. We only got to see the Squirrel and Macaques Monkeys and the tortoises. I thought that they would let us see the other ones in their cages but after you visit the swimming pool, you feed the tortoises and then go into the forest which don't get me wrong was great but I would have really loved to see all the other Monkeys instead you are taken straight out of th park. Overall I didn't feel like the experience was really worth $150 but can say the people that work there are just awesome, very friendly and you can tell they love all the animals there so that alone is priceless but do think they should include a park tour as well. I hope covid goes away (I know wishful thinking) so we can go see all the Monkeys again.
Written September 22, 2021
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Debra H
16 contributions
I absolutely loved taking my grandson here to experience very up close and personal time with all the cute monkeys. I do agree that it is unique and nice having a small group so we had time to ask questions. However, we were sad to not be able to just be left to wander around the grounds and enjoy ourselves without the other people's children come running over to the monkeys we were playing with. We were able to feed the huge tortoise and that was fun, but again, we were in a group of around 18 people and had to wait our turn for some families to have their smaller children push in front of us and take a very long turn. One family was late in arriving so our tour did not start on time and we were not given the extra time at the end of our set time frame, staff were leaving the facility as we were being shown the way out, which we felt was not fair to us as we paid for a full hour of time that we did not get. The staff were very well informed and their love of the animals really showed, it was not just a job for them to be there. One nice staff member took a few photos of me on my camera so that I had something to look back on so I was very appreciative of that kind gesture. Fun for all ages!
Written March 27, 2022
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Professoressa
Oakland, CA37 contributions
Very fun and informative. They give excellent realistic insight into primate behavior, and plenty of time and support during the direct feeding experience. It's one of the only 1-on-1 monkey opportunities in the country, so much appreciated.
Written January 15, 2022
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Melb12
Dyer, IN43 contributions
Friends
I just found a t shirt from Monkey Jungle which I bought on my visit there in 2000. Decided to look it up to see if it was still open. To my delight, it is! I remember my visit like it was yesterday due to the uniqueness of the park. I loved the water and the ropes the monkeys could use to get from place to place. I loved how we were in the cage and they seemed like the free ones. The concept was so innovative that I’m surprised the park was opened in the 30s. Very memorable, awe-inspiring and fun time there. A highlight of my trip in 2000, still a must-see.
Written August 20, 2020
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Peyton Stajduhar
3 contributions
Couples
My boyfriend and I decided to come here on a Florida trip a few months ago. It was even more amazing than we expected. Not only did we have so much fun playing with the monkeys in the hands-on experience, but we were so shocked at the natural environment that was created with their native plants and fruits. This place does so much for these monkeys and truly wants them to live as if they were in the wild. We will definitely come back!!
Written April 28, 2020
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Jane K
Amsterdam, The Netherlands1 contribution
Friends
As I still believe that there are wildlife centers that care about the well-being of the animals, and given the good reviews, we decided to visit the Monkey Jungle. But this organization CERTAINLY does NOT belong into this category. Given the high entrance fees, you would expect much more done for the animals. If you cannot let it be or don' believe me, please go there and look into the eyes of the orangutang and the way she was moving slowly and uninterested, it was heart-breaking. Birds have naked spots as they pick themselves. Most of the cages are shockingly tiny. I didn't even take pictures of the place, I felt so sad and ashamed. I am not one of these extreme "fight for animal rights" type, but if you want to teach your kids something about the wildlife, please go to a different organization that prioritizes the animals, and not the profit.
Written February 5, 2016
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Gladme
Coral Gables, FL3 contributions
Family
I went to Monkey Jungle hoping to see monkeys in their natural habitats with lots of space to roam freely, especially because the sign says "where humans are caged and monkeys run free". When we entered the place I found that the small monkeys run freely above the fence but the much bigger species of monkeys and apes are confined to small cages. The orangutan looks depressed is alone and is confined to a very small area. The silverback gorilla whom they call King lives alone when these are animals that live 10 to 20 in a group. When I asked why he was alone the girl told me that it was because he had no teeth so he couldn't defend himself and they had tried putting a female but she rejected him due to that fact. I mentioned implants and she said that at 45 years old he wouldn't be able to handle anesthesia. To that I responded that they have had him for 35 years so why didn't they do it earlier. She said that the females would have PROBABLY picked up on that deformity anyway, so why even try? It was obvious to me they could care less about these poor monkeys who are meant to run free. Save your $30 and go to Miami Zoo where you will see animals in their own environment running stress free with lots of more activities for visitors to do. WHAT A BIG DISSAPOINTMENT!!!!
Written March 28, 2014
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Philipp010182
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany1 contribution
Couples
From what we have read about the park, this place seemed to be a special park which emphasized species-appropriate keeping and animal-friendly treatment. This could not be further from the truth. The slogan of the park is "where humans are caged and monkeys run wild". This, however, is only true for about 50% of the monkeys in the park. The other half of the monkeys (including Orang-Utans, Gibbons and Gorillas) are held in very small cages which are in no way species-appropriate. Every Zoo has larger cages than this park. It was actually very sad and hard to bear. After our short visit we voiced our disappointment to the staff. They could not relate to this in any way, but only pointed out that the different monkey species have to be separated because of the fact that they are hostile to each other. Although I certainly understand this on a technical level, I think a place that advertises with the slogan "where humans are caged and monkeys run wild" can in no way support these kind of cruel keeping conditions. I think everybody has to decide for themselves whether or not they would like to pay 30$ to support cage housing for monkeys. I will definitely not support this and never go again.
Written March 31, 2014
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Alex L
Ottawa, Canada1 contribution
Family
First of all we tried to find another wildlife park, but could not locate it so settled on this one. First of all the cost of $100 for myself and two young daughters was a bit extreme. I had been to an orangutan rehabilitation centre in Indonesia and was excited to show the kids. What we saw was a pathetic depressed lonely creature surrounded by concrete. That initially upset my kids. However as we left my daughter saw a large blue parrot in a relatively small cage, trying to chew the bars. She could not understand why it was in such a small cage and by itself. Tears flowed...basically it like an animal penitentiary if that is what you] are into and the staff is particularly rude, not worth the drive or money...stay away from this one.
Written March 8, 2015
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vidst2
Miami, FL59 contributions
Nothing like being surrounded by monkeys. I just recently returned from a vacation to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. One of the local tourist guides had an ad for monkey jungle, and as soon as the kids, ages 8 and 11, saw it we just had to go. It took us about an hour to get there from our hotel, but it was worth the trip. The basic idea of the place is that you walk through these caged in walkways and get to see the monkeys roaming free in the forest around you. There were several other exhibits there as well containing tropical birds and iguanas but the kids never really gave these things a second thought. When we were buying our tickets, the cashier asked us if we would like to buy some monkey food which was little boxes of cranberries, raisins, seeds, etc. I bought each kid a box ($0.75 each) and we were on our way. (You could also buy sunflower seeds to feed to the monkeys out of bubble gum type machines that were placed along the walkway for a quarter.) They had a rather ingenious way to feed the monkeys. There are little silver buckets that dangle down into the center of the walkway by little chains. You put the monkey food into the bucket and the monkey who is sitting on top of the cage uses his little hands to pull the bucket up by the chain. He then reaches in and eats the food out of the bucket and drops the bucket back down to be refilled by the humans. The kids got a huge kick out of this. I think this was their favorite part. There were also scheduled presentations with Mei the orang, a gorilla, the animals in the amazonian rain forest area, and at the wild monkey swimming pool. We saw most of these shows and they were pretty good and also provided alot of info on the animals you were seeing. The day we were there it was extremely hot (it was mid-July) so we spent a solid hour at the wild monkey swimming pool where they had a covered pavilion with benches to sit on. If you are headed there in the summertime, I would suggest packing a bottle of water and bugspray as both of these items are extremely expensive to buy at Monkey Jungle. Overall, we had a fun day. We spent about three hours there and I think we would have stayed longer if it had been somewhat cooler. If we are ever in the area again we would probably go back and see it again.
Written August 5, 2005
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Monkey Jungle is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:15 AM - 1:15 PM
  • Sun - Sat 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Mon - Sat 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Mon - Sat 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM