Colobus monkeys living the good life at Monkey Park. Colobus monkeys living the good life at Monkey Park. Colobus monkeys living the good life at Monkey Park. (Photo: Peter Knoch)

Take a tour of Monkey Park

This rehab facility and education center plays host to hundreds of monkey species.

Situated between Jerusalem and the coastal city of Tel Aviv, Israel's Monkey Park is home to more than 250 different species of monkeys.

A white-faced saki monkey contemplates how good his life is at Monkey Park. A white-faced saki monkey contemplates how good life is at Monkey Park. (Photo: Peter Knoch)

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.

Squirrel monkeys!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.

This capuchin monkey is seen mixing with a group of squirrel monkeys.This capuchin monkey is seen mixing with a group of squirrel monkeys. (Photo: Peter Knoch)

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.

These two Monkey Park monkeys clearly admire one another.These two Monkey Park monkeys clearly admire one another. (Photo: Wikipedia)

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.

This crab-eating macaque baby is transfixed by a leaf — and is possibly the cutest thing ever.This crab-eating macaque baby is transfixed by a leaf – and is possibly the cutest thing ever. (Photo: Peter Knoch)

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.

The monkeys at Monkey Park are encouraged to play together.The monkeys at Monkey Park are encouraged to play together. (Photo: Peter Knoch)

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Take a tour of Monkey Park
This rehab facility and education center plays host to hundreds of monkey species.