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Award Winning Sanctuaries

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) consisting of Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and The Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary are the current winners of the Lilizela Service Excellence Awards - Best Visitor Experience 'Wildlife Encounters'; Skål International Sustainable Tourism Award - Best Major Attraction; winner of the 'Best Animal Welfare Initiative' and overall winner of the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
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About Our Primates



We presently house 18 different species of primates with 11 being free roaming in the main 12 hectare Monkeyland forest while another 7 species are in large cages within in the main forest or call Birds of Eden their home.


The 11 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), 2 Langur species; Spectacled Langur (Trachypithecus obscurus) and 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 aethiops) and Monkeyland's only ape species the White Handed or Lar Gibbon (Hylobates lar).


Our resident group of indigenous Vervet Monkeys unfortunately are still regarded as vermin in many rural areas of South Africa and face many perils due to human interference in their natural habitat and our ever increasing thirst for land.


The Common Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciureus) are a closely related species to the Bolivian Squirrel Monkey (who live in Monkeyland) so it would be irresponsible of us to let them share the same habitats as this would allow for hybridization so these 2 individuals live in a large cage within the main forest.


Being nocturnal the Douroucoulis or Owl Monkey (Aotus trivirgatus) are also housed in a cage within the main forest.


The remaining 5 species live in the 2,5 hectare Birds of Eden, they are the shy, elusive and nocturnal Bush Baby or Lesser Galago (Galago mohoi) and Greater Galago (Otolemur crassicaudatus) as well as the miniature Common Marmoset (Callithrix jacchus), Cotton top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) and a family of ever present Golden-handed Tamarins (Saguinus midas).


For further information, please contact our curator Domink Winkel

Click here to view a tour of our sanctuary and to meet some of our sanctuary primates


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The squirrel monkey is thought to be one of the most intelligent species of primate. It has the largest brain to body mass ratio of all the monkey species in the world.
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