What We Do

Monkey Town does a lot of great work in terms of taking in, rearing and caring for abandoned, captive-bred monkeys and are definitely worth supporting.  If you have kids or are a nature-lover, then undoubtedly this is one of those visits that you can safely leave on your To Do list.

Monkey Town is often used as a haven by Cape Nature for monkeys as well as other species of animals that are rescued.

Current Monkey Town is called “home” by 21 different species of primates.  Among animals, primates are on the top of the list when talking about intelligence. Despite sharing 98% of our DNA with chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), humans (Homo sapiens) have much bigger brains and are as a species, much more intelligent.

The differences between our primates are enormous.  The pygmy marmoset weighs less than 100 grams and is classified as the smallest species of monkey in the WORLD!

Where some chimpanzees have even been able to learn basic human sign language. Washoe, a captive female chimpanzee, was able to learn American Sign Language (ASL), with a vocabulary of 350 words.

Animals that are currently living at Monkey Town:
Monkey Town has both old world and new world monkeys from 26 different species, including: 1

  • Pygmy Marmosets
  • Common Marmosets
  • Black-eared Marmosets
  • Geoffroy’s Marmosets
  • Cotton-top Tamarins
  • Golden-handed Tamarins
  • Brown Capuchins
  • White-faced Capuchins
  • Weeper Capuchins
  • Black Mangabeys
  • Mongoose Lemur
  • Ring-tailed Lemurs
  • Black-and-white ruffed Lemurs
  • Common Squirrel Monkeys
  • Bolivian Squirrel Monkeys
  • Wolf’s Mona Monkey
  • Lion-tailed Macaques
  • Black Spider Monkey
  • Geoffroy’s Spider Monkeys
  • White-handed Gibbons
  • Chimpanzees
Monkey Town is also called “home” by a large variety of other animals including: 

  • Tree squirrels
  • Blue Fronted Amazon
  • White Fronted Amazon
  • African Greys
  • Sun conures
  • Senegal parrots
  • Umbrella cockatoo
  • Ringneck
  • Blue & Gold macaw
  • Green-winged macaw
  • Harlequin macaw
  • Emus
  • Egyptian Geese
  • Canadian Geese
  • Peacocks
  • Alpacas
  • Cape Grysbok
  • Blue Duiker
  • Leopard Tortoises (Bergskilpad)
  • Angulate Tortoise
  • Terrapin Turtles
  • Koi fish

And don’t forget our resident Great Dane “Blue”.  Enjoy our lump of silliness when you see him coming around a corner – he is part of the family and loves meeting all our visitors, young and old! Truly a Gentle Giant.