Anybody who has ever bemoaned the state of caged zoo animals should appreciate the concept pioneered at this wildlife ... More
Anybody who has ever bemoaned the state of caged zoo animals should appreciate the concept pioneered at this wildlife habitat. Humans look on from caged observation areas as scores of monkeys roam freely. Shows are continuous, from both the humans' and monkeys' points of view.
We were a family of four adults and two children according to the aga guidelines for ticker prices. We spent 135 dollars as an entrance fee and probably another 2 or 3 dollars for monkey food. The area is setup where the person is in the cage and the monkeys have free reign over the five acres seperated by a 10 foot barrier fence with electrical wires in place. The visitor will travel down the fenced enclosures, or fenced tunnels, while the monkeys hang overhead in trees or on the fence top. The 15 minute lectures were very informative and added value to the visit. Laura...you did a great job!! Anyway, plan on spending about 2 to 3 hours seeing the exhibits, listening to the speakers, and strolling about. This place is great for a 3 to 4 hour time frame and I would probably go back again in the future. I have to say that I abhore the traffic in Miami. The drivers are absolutely nuts on the roads. Be safe in your travels, wear shorts and light shirt, bring a canteen of water, and pocket full of quarters for the monkey food.
Plam Bay Travelers
Palm Bay, Florida
Poor value for money. Started by being made to queue outside in the blazing sun for 15 minutes with no shade. Food and drink not allowed to be taken inside (what a surprise it's mega expensive to buy inside - $3 for a small bottle of water!) Lacking in educational material for kids,ie, info about primates etc. The Gorilla had no signs or information at all and his surroundings were not best kept. Thought some of the enclosures were too small when compared with the family-run business of Monkey World in Dorset, UK. Some of the birds looked distressed (if they had been rescued, a sign should surely be provided to explain their condition). Overall, a great project but not worth the money or the drive! (P.S. not good signage from the Turnpike - got lost in a bad neighbourhood!)
This was just one of our stops this week along the Redlands Trail. Our family had a great time watching and feeding the monkeys. The park was situated in a very natural setting with lush tropical plants everywhere. Monkey Jungle was really fun!
We took the kids and went. It was pretty neat to feed the monkeys and watch them at play while we were in the cage. They are so cute and funny. It is relatively expensive. I want to say we paid $80.00 for 4 or 5 of us. Its been about 8 months since we went.
All I can say is that you should go during cooler weather. It was in the mid 80's when we went and as the day warmed up, the gnats and bugs got worse and worse, getting in your eyes and mouth, etc. My sister went on a cool day and had no problems with the sweat and bug factor!!
Small Parks Like This are Part of the Real Florida Experience
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 6/7/06
We have been on a quest to show our grandkids (whose parents work at Disney Orlando) the real Florida, taking them to caves, springs, dolphin swims in the Keys, and some of the older, smaller parks throughout Florida. They loved Monkey Jungle, especially feeding the little monkeys via a dish hanging down from above the enclosed walkway on a long chain that the monkeys pull up hand over hand. The reviewer below who was so disappointed is being unfair. Not everything in Florida is a mega theme park - thank goodness. There is room for all size attractions in our diverse and glorious state.
Please don't negate to visit this awesome attraction outside Miami. Was well worth the money spent. Very enjoyable and unique experience. The staff are friendly, but the primates are the stars! Each spring when I return to South Florida the Monkey Jungle is a must for me, at least.
If you are furious to waste your time and money it is the best place for it. Nearly nothing to see. Overpriced. Tropical rain forest has nothing to do with any forest. Shows not interesting. Any good zoo is much better. If you want to have nice time go better to Orlando or if do not have enough time to gator farm.
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