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Gibbon Conservation Center - CA

The Gibbon Conservation Center houses about 40 gibbons from five species of this endangered primate. Alan Richard Mootnick started the center to study gibbons in 1975. 
They offer tours and a chance to volunteer. Some proceeds go to gibbon conservation in Asia. Tours are $12 an adult. $100 minimum, but you can join planned tours.
19100 Esguerra Rd., Santa Clarita, CA 91350


OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary - Wa
OPR Coastal Primate Sanctuary, formerly known as Oregon Primate Rescue, takes in monkeys that need a place to stay after someone tried to keep them as pets. They usually have macaques, marmosets and capuchins. The 28 acre facility tries to give them as interesting and natural life as possible. There are educational tours and workshops to make toys for the monkeys, but no photos allowed. 717 Harmony Dr., Longview, WA 360-575-9231
Frisky's Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary & Rescue - MD
Frisky's Wildlife & Primate Sanctuary & Rescue takes in monkeys people tried to keep as pets, native wildlife in trouble (with hopes to release them) and pet birds they hope to adopt out. During the summer they have a schedule of tours and a garage sale fundraiser. They are fighting local real estate interests to keep their monkeys, which include macaques, squirrel monkeys, guenons and capuchins.
10790 Old Frederick Rd.
Woodstock, MD (410) 418-8899
Suncoast Primate Sanctuary - FL
Suncoast Primate Sanctuary has taken in 70 animals including chimpanzees, orangutans, reptiles and tropical birds.
According to Roadside America, the place has sometimes run afoul of animal activists, partly because of their sideshow past: "Mae and her late husband Bob ran "Noell's Ark," the ultimate traveling animal act. For 31 years, they followed the show circuit, staging performances with their "athletic apes" in small towns throughout the Southeast. Their chimps would box or wrestle (and inevitably pummel) anyone who would get in the cage and fight them." The animals there now are from a variety of backgrounds, like research labs and as inappropriate exotic pets. They've got lots of educational events every weekend.
4600 Alt 19 Palm Harbor, FL (727) 943-5897
Myakka City Lemur Preserve - FL
The Lemur Conservation Society doesn't just have a sanctuary in Florida, they are running a special reserve population of lemurs. These primates only live on Madagascar, which is getting deforested by the day. The center lets the lemurs run wild on a 90-acre reserve (though checks in on each daily) and promotes research.
There are several education programs and if you meet clearance (including TB shot) you can visit some ambassador lemur.
(location on map not precise) 941-322-8494


Ol Pejeta Conservancy - Sweetwater Chimpanzee Sanctuary - Kenya
Kenya's Ol Pejeta Conservancy is thebiggest sanctuary for black rhino in east Africa; 84 live here. This Kenya non-profit is also home to the Sweetwater Chimpanzee Sanctuary, which is permanent home to 43 orphaned or otherwise traumatized chimps from all over Africa. This sanctuary is supported by visitors so it's open daily. You can go on safari (about $50 a day) in Ol Pejeta, too. 
Kimathi Rd., Nanyuki, Kenya  
Bonus species: leopard, elephant, buffalo and lion, Grevy’s zebra, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetah

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Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden - South Africa
Legendary anthropologist and animal advocate Jane Goodall worries that chimpanzees will be wiped out of the wild within a decade due to poaching for bush meat. Chimpanzee Eden allows a small number of rescued chimps to live out their life in semi-wild safety. The facility, also known as the Umhloti Nature Reserve, has 90 min. tours  three times a day; basic to luxury lodging; and weeklong volunteer stints. Nelspruit, South Africa+27 13 7457406
Vervet Monkey Foundation - South Africa
South Africans often think of vervet monkeys as clever pests. The Vervet Monkey Foundation hopes to change their mind, mend injured monkeys and give a home to those that can't make it in the wild. You can stay and volunteer here.
Plot 35 California, Tarentaalrand, Tzaneen 0850, ZA, 0834 545 381
Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) - South Africa
Centre for Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW)Yellowwood Park, Durban, South Africa takes in wildlife that has been injured (90% of the time by humans) from 12 depots around the state of KwaZulu-Natal. They care for about 400 animals (monkeys, turtles, tortoises, zebras, pelicans, you name it) at a time and can house 8 volunteers. 
African Dawn Wildlife Sanctuary - South Africa
African Dawn Wildlife Sanctuary and Endangered Species Breeding Centretakes in injured wildlife and gives them a place to stay. It's not all grim, though; thye also let them breed, so many are raised by hand. Some are friendly and approachable. Some non-native species live here, too. They help with breeding of endangered cheetah, serval, blue crane and blue duiker (antelope). You can go on game drives to see monkeys, giraffe, zebra and birds. They take day visitors, offer overnight rooms and have stays for volunteers.
Between Jeffreys Bay and Port Elizabeth


Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary - Ghana
Tafi Atome Monkey Sanctuary, near Hohoe, Ghana, is where 350 or so Mona monkeys live unmolested. Some claim the monkeys are considered sacred and so are left alone. SacredLand says it was "established by the residents of Tafi Atome village in 1996 and contains the only remaining Ghanaian population ofCercopithecus mona mona, known as the true mona monkey. The community reveres these monkeys as sons of their gods and celebrates them in an annual festival. The core fetish grove has no walking trails that lead into it and entry is highly restricted, according to research by environmental scientist Alison Ormsby."
According to AllAfrica, locals used to hunt them, but Nature Conservation Research Centre (NCRC) and Netherlands Development Organisation started the sanctuary in 1993 and give proceeds from tourists to villagers. 
Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary - Ghana
Ghana's Boabeng Fiema Monkey Sanctuary protects Lowe's Mona Monkey and the black and white collubus monkey. It started in 1975 and is considered asacred place by locals. "Residents associate the two species of monkeys with a male and a female god, and the chief of Fiema conducts a weekly ritual at the shrine of the god Abudwo," saysSacredLand
Limbe Wildlife Centre - Cameroon
Limbe Wildlife Centre in Cameroon takes in a range of primates. They take care of llioti chimpanzee, the drill monkey, the western lowland Gorilla and Cross River gorillas, monkeys, parrots and owl. They're open for visitors every day. Or you can visit and volunteer for a month (650 Euro).
Parc National de Virunga - Congo
Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo has a big portion (about 200 of 700) of the world's endangered mountain gorillas as well as 20,000 hippos. Virunga is a UNESCO World Heritage site, imperiled by war, refugees and poaching. WildlifeDirect and other groups  monitor and encourage protection. Rangers were kicked out of part of the park in 2007, but were thrilled to see the population increased when they were allowed to return in 2008, the WWF says.
CERPOCAN - Primate Rehabilitation, Nigeria
Centre for Education, Research & Conservation of Primates and Nature in Nigeria is a rustic sanctuary for primate conservation. They do it by nurturing gorillas and monkeys, but they also make sure to provide jobs and conservation education to the community, so there is less pressure to log in the rainforest. Bonus species: endangered Crocs, River Gorilla(Gorilla gorilla diehli), the drill monkey(Mandrillus leucophaeus), guenon monkeys, red-capped mangabeys and mona guenons
4 Ishie Lane, Hepo 826, Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park - Rwanda
Rwanda's Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, in the southwest corner of Uganda, on the border of Rwanda and the Congo, has one family group of mountain gorillas that you can track. Bwindi Trust runs Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Only eight people a day can try to track the nine gorillas that live here. Reservations are made up to two years in advance  for this area that has been scarred by war and poaching.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park - Uganda
Rwanda's Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, in the southwest corner of Uganda, on the border of Rwanda and the Congo, has one family group of mountain gorillas that you can track. Bwindi Trust runs Mgahi...
Ranomafana National Park - Madagascar
Ranomafana National Park has lots of lemurs (12 species), but locals are slash and burning the trees to survive. The WWF and various universities are trying to save the area. Primatologist Patricia Wrightdiscovered a new species of lemur here, the golden bamboo lemur in 1985, and convinced Madagascar to set up this reserve. She's set up the leading lemur research center nearby.


Raisina Hill Macaques, Delhi, India
The Raisina Hill area of New Delhi, India, is home to a large population of rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) who live among the big government office buildings. The monkeys climb everything and steal food, but are largely left alone because of Hindu beliefs. There have been many campaigns and attempts to get rid of them--by loudspeaker or langur (a bigger monkey that scares the macaques). Other parts of India have tried sterilization or allowing farmers to shoot them. But as the country gets more developed, the monkeys have no where to go.


Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park - Japan
Jigokudani  (Hell's Valley) yaenkoen accomodates the nothernmost monkeys in he world by offering them a natural hot spring. The Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata), also known as the Snow Monkey or saru, keep warm in the hot springs in the winter. BluePlanetBiomes says the monkeys live in four spots in Japan: Honshu's Shimokita Peninsula in the northwest; the Nagano Mountains near  the Shiga Kogen volcano; the island of Oshima, just off the Hanto Peninsula and the subtropical island of Yaku-Shima, which has the most.  The Jigokudani Monkey Park is the easiest way to see them.Zeno's Guide has useful monkey-watching tips.
located in the valley of Yokoyu-River that flowing from Shigakogen area of the northern part of Nagano-Prefecture.
Yaku-shima - Japan
Yaku-shima is like Japan's Florida. This southern island is the most tropical in Japan and has tons of plants and wildlife.   While the cold mountains of Japan are more famous for their macaques, more actually live here--about 7,000, according to thevisitor's guide. The Yakuzaru (Yakushima Monkey) is smaller and bushier than other Japanese monkeys. Yakushika (Yakushima deer) are also smaller. Look for them both along the 13 km. long Seibu-rindo Forest Path, says the official guide. It's also an important birding area and a nesting site for turtles. 


Gunung Leuser National Park - - Malaysia
Malaysia's Gunung Leuser National Park is one of the last places orangutans live. The Sumatran Orangutan Society works with the Orangutan Information Centre to train local guides from Bukit Lawang and Tangkahan to create a way for tourists to encourage surivival of the species. Bukit Lawang has a orangutan rehab center, but was hit by floods caused by logging. The park has about 6,000 orangutans, Sumatran Rhino (the smallest and most endangered), gibbons, Malayan sun bear, crocodiles, leatherback turtle, Sumatran elephant and tiger and adorable slow loris.   
Krau Wildlife Reserve - Malaysia
Malaysia's Krau Wildlife Reserve has 70-some species of bats and a sanctuary for displaced elephants in Kuala Gandah. The park breedsseladang (a kind of buffalo) and hosts  Malayan Peacock-pheasantMalaysian Bat Education Adventure says the park has wild dog, clouded leopard, leopard, tiger, Malayan tapir, Malayan sun bear, gaur, civet, 19 species of squirrel and flying squirrel, mouse deer, otters, siamang, whitehanded gibbon, banded-leaf monkey, dusky-leaf monkey, and slow loris.
Ujung Kulon National Park - Malaysia
Ujung Kulon National Park is the last place Javan rhinos survive in any numbers. This Java peninsula is where the Krakatoa volcano struck. 
Bonus: Javan Lutung (a handsome primate), leopard, deer, gibbon, leaf monkey, wild dog or dhole (Cuon alpinus) (VU), otter, oriental small-clawed otter (Amblonyx cinereus), leopard, fishing cat, mongoose, civet, Banteng (Bos javanicus) (EN),  wild boar, barking deer.
Semengoh Wildlife Rehab Centre - Malaysia
Malaysia's Semengoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre takes in organutans that have been illegally captured or kept as pets and trains them to live in the wild. You can visit for twice daily feedings, which you witness from a distance. The center also retrainshornbills, an odd bird with a comically huge beak that seals itself in a tree to nest. The center is about 15 miles south of Kuching in the state of Sarawak on the island of Borneo.
Swayambhunath--Monkey Temple - Nepal
Swayambhunath--also known as स्वयम्भूनाथ स्तुप; or the Monkey Temple--is a temple complex that protects its holy monkeys. The temple is a highly important pilgrimage site to Buddhists.


Lopburi, Thailand Monkey Temple - Thailand
The whole town of Lopburi, Thailand is overrun with monkeys that have spilled out from the monkey temples, San Phra Kan shrine and Prang Sam Yod 
Gibbon Conservation Center - Thailand
The Gibbon Rehabilitation Project returns gibbons who have been kept as pets to the wild after teaching them to survive.Ton Sai and Bang Pae is located in Khao Phra Thaeo National Park 22 kilometers north of Phuket Town on the way to the airport
Gibraltar Monkeys - Apes' Den - SPAIN / UK
Gibraltar has 230 apes (really Barbary macaque monkeys, (Macaca Sylvanus) and no one really knows how they got there. Did British sailors bring them over? Did they crawl through a tunnel from Africa?
They are the top tourist draw for Gibraltar and live in 6 groups. The most popular is the friendly Queen's Gate bunch that lives near Ape's Den. 
The British took care of them, with Winston Churchill restocking the dwindling (just 7) population after WWII. They believed that the UK would rule Gibraltar as long as the monkeys lived there.
Now the Gibraltar Orrnithological and Natural History Society (GONHS) provides them with food, water and medical care. This group of monkeys is why you can find macques at parks that feature only native animals thorughout Europe.
Monkey Mountain - La Montagne Des Singes - France
300 Barbary Macaques from around the world live on Monkey Mountain, a favorite place to visit for French children. 
Since it started the park has reintroduced 600 monkeys back to the wild in Morocco, where they are endangered. La Montagne Des Singes Wick, 67600 Kintzheim, France, 03 88 92 11 09




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