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The Story Of Monkeyland
The Monkeyland concept was initially just a dream, born from my experiences of the systematic demise of African primate populations through the “bushmeat” trade during the 60’s and 70’s whilst doing overland safaris between Nairobi and Johannesburg. Monkeyland is a story about commited people without whom my vision of a forest sanctuary that restores the freedom of ex-captive primates would have been impossible to realise.
Shedding Weight Yet Gaining Capacity
Nine years ago Tony asked me to take a stroll down to our neighbours’ dairy farm. Not the flat kikuyu fields, but the bit which was never used for much as it was in a forested ravine. I walked down the steep decent with Tony and listened as he chatted about his idea for a bird sanctuary. He enthusiastically explained how the walkways would criss-cross the forest. He pointed out where he wanted to build a suspension bridge, an amphitheater, and the curio and recep...
The primate family can be broken up into two different groups and then into five subgroups, which encompass all 234 species of primates. To begin with, we need to define what it is exactly that makes an animal part of the primate family and how these physical characteristics assist the animal in its day-to-day life.
The Queen's Main Man
Hi, my name is Hobbe, I am a Ringtail Lemur. Some might say that I am bit on the fat side, but that’s just rude…I am just a bit chubby. The lady lemurs love my flabby bits, so in the long run, being a bit plump suits me just fine.
The Wannabe Idol
Hello, my name is Atlas and I am a white-handed gibbon. If the judges at IDOLS could hear me sing, I’d be offered a recording contract straight away.
Toxic Food And Harems
Toxic food AND harems OR ‘male-hems’ – that’s our thing! I am a leaf-eating monkey, named Callac. I am one of the largest primates at Monkeyland. I am mostly dark grey-black in colour with lighter grey on my chest and the top of my head.
Proudly South African
I am a vervet monkey named Bhalloo, and I was born in South Africa. I call this country home. Did you know that I can swim? Vervet monkeys are the only species at Monkeyland who swim. Swimming is a rare behaviour for a non-human primates, so this makes us vervet monkeys special.
My name is Houdini. I am a capuchin monkey. Did you know that capuchins have a reputation for being the most intelligent monkeys, since they are very easily taught tricks. This is why they have been trained as movie stars, pickpockets, organ grinders and even to nurse quadriplegic humans.
Just Like Us
In South Africa just outside the holiday Mecca Plettenberg Bay you’ll find the world’s first free-roaming multi-specie primate sanctuary. It is aptly named Monkeyland. At this sanctuary the primates are free roaming.
Bradgelina But Not For Long!
Did you know that at least 50 species of fruit trees in Madagascar depend on black lemurs to distribute their seeds? This is a vital contribution primates make to their natural habitat – without them; many seeds would not be removed from their tough husks. Furthermore, some seeds can only grow after they have been through the digestive system of a primate! Just like bees, black lemurs are also responsible for pollinating some plants.
The Worm That Went To Madagascar
Mealworms are small spaghetti-shaped nutty-tasting worms about 3cm in length and about as thick as an earbud. Fortunately mealworms don’t smell at all, so there is no fear of detection from our scent. We do however let most primates salivate at the mere thought of munching us to pieces. You need to know this to understand why I am under such great stress most of the time. Hiding has become my second nature. I AM a mealworm.
Black-and-white Ruffed Lemur
Varecia v. variegata
Most of us probably didn’t know about lemurs till we saw the animated movie ‘Madagascar’. These cute and cuddly looking animals really are the natives of the island of Madagascar. They can also be found on the nearby Comoro islands. The word ‘Lemur’ is derived from the Latin word ‘Lemures’ which means ‘spirits of the night’ or ‘ghosts’. This is probably because many of the species of Lemurs are nocturnal.
The Dove Who Spoke The Truth
by Abbie Farwell Brown The Curious Book of Birds The dove and the wrinkled little bat once went on a journey together. When it came toward night a storm arose, and the two companions sought everywhere for a shelter. But all the birds were sound asleep in their nests and the animals in their holes and dens. They could find no welcome anywhere until they came to the hollow tree where old Master Owl lived, wide awake in the dark. "Let us knock here," said the shrewd bat; "...
The Boy Who Bacame A Robin
by Henry R. Schoolcraft The Myth of Hiawatha Once upon a time there was an old Indian who had an only son, whose name was Opeechee. The boy had come to the age when every Indian lad makes a long fast, in order to secure a Spirit to be his guardian for life.
by Count Lyof N. Tolstoi It was Serozha's birthday, and he received many different gifts; peg tops, and hobby horses, and pictures. But Serozha's uncle gave him a gift that he prized above all the rest - it was a trap for snaring birds.
How The Wren Became King
Adapted from a Manx Folk Tale A long while ago when there were not so many people on the earth as there are now, and the birds and animals had things about their own way, a Cuckoo gave a tea party.
The Quails, A Legend Of The Jataka
From the Riverside Fourth Reader Ages ago a flock of more than a thousand quails lived together in a forest in India. They would have been happy, but that they were in great dread of their enemy, the quail-catcher. He used to imitate the call of the quail - and when they gathered together in answer to it, he would throw a great net over them, stuff them into his basket, and carry them away to be sold.