The Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary accepts primates from all over the world that have lived in captivity and for one reason or another (are no longer wanted, have been recued from abuse, what have you) need a home. The sanctuary keeps new comers in cages until they are acclimated and until they have at least two of the species. At that time they are released within the sanctuary and are free to roam unless they are antisocial. Unfortunately, I do not remember the names of all of the varieties of monkeys that I took pictures of. I do remember that the monkey above is a squirrel monkey and originates in South America. It greated us at the gate!
I believe the ones on the left are Lemurs, but I'm not certain. :-( A ranger took us on a safari through the sanctuary and over a suspension bridge (Nan's favorite :-)). (Cost 54 rand/person - ~$9) We saw most of the 14 varieties of primates currently resident in the Sanctuary.
These were just outside the visitors center! Mutual grooming on the right.
One frequently sees baboons or vervet monkeys along the side of the road. On the way back from the safari at Monkeyland, we came across a large group of baboons beside (and on) the national highway. In the photo on the left, those black humps in the grass are all baboons. They stopped traffic in both directions - well most of it!
That's a mother with her baby on the left. The one on the right is right beside the car!
I took this shot, trying to get a picture of the baboons on the car behind. I wasn't quite quick enough. All the baboons you see beside the car had just been crawling all over it! Nor was I quick enough to get a photo of the one looking in our back window! :-)
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