About Our Primates
We currently care for more than 550+ primates free-roaming Monkeyland. There are 10 species in total, we are not part of a specie collecting race, we care for primates in natural habitats and we want them to live a naturally as possible. In the wild, most species of primates have large family groups, it is no different here at Monkeyland.
The species of primates that you will be able to see free roaming in the Monkeyland forest include 2 Lemur species; the Black and White Ruffed Lemur (Varecia variegata) and the Ringtail Lemur (Lemur catta), the Hanuman Langur (Semnopithecus entellus), Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta caraya), Bolivian Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri boliviensis), Geoffroy's Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi), Tufter or Brown Capuchin (Cebus apella), Red-backed Bearded Saki (Chiropotes chiropotes), Vervet Monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) and Monkeyland's only lesser ape species the White Handed or Lar Gibbon (Hylobates lar).
Role of Monkeyland in Plettenberg Bay in nature conservation: To maintain and protect genetically pure species of various Taxa in a semi wild state, housed in free-roaming habitats that are not un-similar to those of the animal’s home ranges. To one day hold the seeds of these Taxa that can be reintroduced back into the wild when the circumstances are right.
Please note: We have a strict no-touch policy at our primate sanctuary. Look, photograph, video, but please don’t touch.