Monkey Jungle Miami - Where to go Miami Beach - Travel Miami
"Where the humans are caged and the monkeys run wild". It's more than a catch-phrase. Monkey Jungle in southern Miami-Dade County is a truly unique park. While Homo sapiens walk through carefully constructed wire pathways, many species of primates scamper above your head, swing through trees and interact with each other in ways difficult to observe in captivity. Keep your eyes open; you never know who's hanging around!
At Monkey Jungle, the tag line is “you are caged, the monkeys run wild”. This is because most of the nearly 400 primates run free on a 30-acre reserve. Visitors view the animals from screened trails. The 30 species of primates include monkeys, orangutans, lemurs, the golden lion tamarin, gibbons and spider monkeys. Watch crab-eating monkeys dive for treats. The Amazonian Rainforest is a four-acre unique display habitat featuring Upper Amazonian monkeys. The Monkey Jungle Rainforest is a breeding sanctuary for South American primates.
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. Admission is $19.95 for adults and $13.95 for children
Hours: Daily 9:30am-5pm (tickets sold until 4pm)
Address: 14805 SW 216th St
Location: South Miami
Web site: www.monkeyjungle.com
Prices: Admission $20 adults, $17 seniors and active-duty military, $14 children 4-12
Transportation: Take U.S. 1 south to SW 216th St., or from Florida Turnpike, take exit 11 and follow the signs