Take a tour of Monkey Park
This rehab facility and education center plays host to hundreds of monkey species.
Considered one of the country's most popular animal attractions, it offers a different experience than your typical zoo as it is run by the Israeli Primate Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose aim is to provide a refuge and rehabilitation center for monkeys while educating the public about these wondrous creatures.
Did you know there was such a thing as squirrel monkeys? (Photo: Wikipedia)
Most monkeys in the park live in spacious enclosures. Visitors are able to view them up close and, thanks to one specially designed section, are even able to interact with them.
Right outside the visiting area is the rehabilitation center. That's where monkeys who need care are being nursed back to health, overseen by a team of specialists.
Over the last two years the sanctuary received 650 macaque monkeys from a breeding farm that shut down. Other species at the park include lemurs, crab-eating macaques, leaf-eating langurs and marmosets, the smallest monkeys in the world.
Among the family-friendly activities offered at Monkey Park for human visitors are workshops, rides and wall climbing. There are also comprehensive guided walking tours, which last up to three hours.
One of the many features of Monkey Park is the children's playground, a replica of an African village outfitted with a giant jungle gym. But it's still the monkeys that are the star attraction.
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