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. At Monkey Jungle, 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.
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.
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!)
It was lots of fun and laffs - those monkeys are funny, smart, adventurous and fun to watch. We drove from
Delray Beach with Skylar, her grandmother Ann Marie
and Bob and Aunt Karen. The tour guides were happy at their job
and it showed. You can feed the monkeys while you are caged and they are free to roam and swing about. T
This is one of the most AWESOME places on Earth! The smaller monkeys are roaming free and you walk through this caged path with them climbing all around you. They have these little dishes hanging from chains that you put food in then the monkeys pull them up and grab the food through little openings in your cage. Most of the bigger ones have feeding tubes running into their cage. My only regret is that I didn't have my son and nephew on this trip as they would absolutely flip their lids over this place. I so want to take them before they get too old to appreciate it! My admission was free because I'm military (normally $30) and I paid the extra to get the special tour and feed the monkeys with no cage around me (a little expensive, but completely worth it BTW). It was so COOL! They were climbing all over me, eating out of my hand, and trying to pull the sunglasses off my face. TIP: If you want a cheap souvenier go for the $2 molded plastic monkeys or gorilla by the swimming pool; it's cheap, plus you get to watch the machine make them. If you're ever in the Miami area, I highly recommend this place. Be sure to pick up your one-of-a-kind King the Gorilla fingerpainting while you're there; they even give you a little sticker certificate of authenticity; so your buddies know it was painted by a Gorilla and not a 3 year old. Don't miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime experience if you're in the area!
I'm a big nature fan...but I'm not a fan of "tourist traps". This place was great. Yeah, the price might seem a little high, but when you think about it...do you really want to go to a "bargain" zoo? The place itself seems very well maintained, the animals seem to be in good health, and the staff honestly seems to care about the animals. I'm a middle aged guy and I had a great time by myself walking through the human cages, watching and feeding the different monkeys scampering above and around you. I suggest attending the demos/shows. They are very entertaining/educational and allows you a chance to ask questions if you like. I spent about 3 hours there and loved every minute of it.
My family and I just went this afternoon. The monkeys were incredibly cute! I loved the way you feed them. I really learned a lot about monkeys and apes. There are a bunch of noisy birds as well. I would recommend going to the shows, they are very informative. The guides do a lot more than regular zookeepers would. I would say that you probably need at least two hours for this park. The prices were okay, just a little bit expensive. Not very many people know about this place, but it is very fun, though it is sort of far away. Don't forget to pick up a souvenir on the way out!
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