It’s December 14th. Do you know what that means? Quick, check your calendar. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
That’s right! It’s Monkey Day!
December 14th is the day when all simians, the higher primates—humans and great apes, gibbons and monkeys (Old World and New)—come together to celebrate the many things we have in common.
In years past, I’ve let Monkey Day be a springboard for my creativity. From my inaugural Monkey Day post “Unleashing My Inner Monkey” to last year’s “5 Ways to Be a Better Monkey,” I’ve tried to find a way to connect to my simian siblings. This year, I’ll let my pictures do the talking.
My wife and I have spent much of the past ten years visiting zoos and other animal habitats, as our time allowed. As I’ve mentioned before, my favorite animals are the apes, and I like to spend a lot of time observing them and getting to know them.
I don’t always take pictures, as I’m not much of a photographer. But here are some of my favorites. I’ve tried to get the names of the animals correct when possible, but I may be wrong. If I am, please let me know.
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In honor of Monkey Day, please consider making a donation to one of the many organizations that helps our simian friends. Primates Incorporated, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, aims to create an indoor/outdoor primate sanctuary that will house up to a maximum of 100 monkeys (rescued gradually over 10-20 years) and will provide tourism, volunteer, and employment opportunities in the Wisconsin area. Donate today!