We came upon a cage of monkeys and learned those housed there are not yet ready to be released into the open. We spent a good amount of time watching a really crafty guy who was on a mission to unlock the door. First, he just went straight for grabbing and pulling the lock, and then he banged and pulled on the top of the door. Later, he returned with a rock he’d found somewhere and tried to knock off the lock, then worked diligently at banging the door (check out the video below!). He is one smart fellow – and Anthony was his accomplice whenever he dropped the rock.
Later, when we decided to sit and rest, some monkeys came over to join us; one even kept grabbing on and holding Anthony’s hand. Moments later, when sitting on a nearby bench, one curious guy came right over to curl up in ginnie’s lap. For whatever reason, a really wiley guy decided he wanted to start a fight with ginnie’s companion and they used her as a post! They would wrap their arms and tail around her neck and arms to get better aim at their target until finally jumping around and pulling and trying to swing from ginnie’s ponytail (while also slamming into other visitors nearby as they swung on branches!). It was actually pretty funny and no one was harmed.
There are also several dogs residing at the site that often tend to the monkeys needs, some in a surrogate mother role. It was well worth the bus trip to spend time with the monkeys and support the hard work of dedicated volunteers who wish to help them return to the jungle.