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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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Humans & Monkeys Share Machiavellian Intelligence

When it comes to their social behavior, people sometimes act like monkeys, or more specifically, like rhesus macaques, a type of monkey that shares with humans strong tendencies for nepotism and political maneuvering, according to research by Dario Maestripieri, an expert on primate behavior and an Associate Professor in Comparative Human Development and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago.  "After humans, rhesus macaques are one of the most successful primate species on our planet; our Machiavellian intelligence may be one of the reasons for our success" wrote Maestripieri.*

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The Story Of Monkeyland

The Monkeyland concept was initially just a dream, born from my experiences of the systematic demise of African primate populations through the “bushmeat” trade during the 60’s and 70’s whilst doing overland safaris between Nairobi and Johannesburg. Monkeyland is a story about commited people without whom my vision of a forest sanctuary that restores the freedom of ex-captive primates would have been impossible to realise.

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Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkeyland - changing the Ways People Think About Primates

What is a primate? A primate is any member of the biological order Primates, the group that contains all the species commonly related to the lemurs, monkeys, and apes, with the latter category including humans. Primates are found all over the world. Non-human primates occur mostly in Central and South America, Africa, and southern Asia. A few species exist up into southern Mexico, and in Asia as far north as northern Japan.

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Second only to the Blue Whale in vocal ability, the howler monkey is regocnized as the loudest land mammal to inhabit planet earth
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