Monkey Business



Monkeyland is a primate sanctuary near Plettenberg Bay, South Africa.  The animals are sourced from zoos and unwanted pets.  None are captured for the park and the primates roam free.  The species have been chosen to get along with each other.  They are fed at multiple feeding stations to avoid territoriality and conflict.  A fence keeps predators out of the roughly 25 acre park.  It’s a great life.


52 responses

  1. Great pictures and the sanctuary itself sounds like a great place.


    January 27, 2013 at 9:03 am

  2. justmusing

    Good business! Wising them much Luck – thank you for sharing ; )


    January 27, 2013 at 9:23 am

  3. Great story and beautiful pictures! You seem to travel a lot, is it that Repsol Honda that speeds you around the world? 😉


    January 27, 2013 at 9:27 am

    • I must confess, the bike is some guy I photographed in Switzerland. I am thinking of getting another bike this year, but it will probably be something heavy.


      January 27, 2013 at 11:19 am

  4. Very nice galery Ron, can you tell me how was your setup for gallery …if you want one big and other small pictures?
    Than you Gabriela


    January 27, 2013 at 9:57 am

    • Gabi, when you edit a post there is an “Add Media” button at the top left. Inside that there is a gallery choice. Mark the images that you have uploaded to the post or choose otherwise from from your media selection and press the buttons to create a gallery. It is possible to rearrange the images in the editor and choose the number of columns and several formats. I could not survive without galleries and am surprised that so few bloggers use them. Always have at least one large size image for each post so it will make an impression in the Reader. It is important to pick the best of the bunch for that purpose.


      January 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

      • thank you I’m using gallery for all my pictures , but all is in the wall big no only one big and other small. I like how you do it that. 🙂 Gabriela


        January 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

      • YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS I got it 🙂 BIG thanks Ron…


        January 27, 2013 at 12:24 pm

  5. Great pictures! And so cute the animals. I like it!


    January 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  6. Such a character, thank you.


    January 27, 2013 at 12:49 pm

  7. Love these photos and the story about the sanctuary.


    January 28, 2013 at 5:39 am

  8. I especially enjoy this post because monkeys are my favorite animals (and it’s my sign in Chinese astrology !).


    January 28, 2013 at 8:17 am

  9. They make you smile don’t they?!


    February 6, 2013 at 5:45 am

  10. Lovely bokeh, great portrait and great posing from the young Elvis. Did he sing? hehe


    February 6, 2013 at 8:03 am

  11. Excellent photoblog!


    February 14, 2013 at 10:21 pm

  12. Just stumbled across your blog; your photos and adventures are amazing, thanks for sharing


    June 5, 2013 at 5:39 am

  13. Great photos


    June 11, 2013 at 12:48 pm

  14. Outstanding! The pix just draw me in and I feel I could touch the creatures. What a pleasure –


    October 19, 2013 at 9:08 am

  15. Such a variety of primates… sharp shots…


    December 26, 2013 at 9:49 am

  16. Cool looking monkeys! Amazing how you get perfect photos of always-moving critters…


    December 26, 2013 at 9:59 am

  17. Fabulous. I think I saw a program on this great place. People were doing studies on the monkeys and trying to help on who didn’t have any friends. It’s a great place and I love the photographs.


    December 26, 2013 at 10:02 am

    • Thank you. There is a bird sanctuary next door, and I have a post on that as well.


      December 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

  18. Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing. 🙂


    December 26, 2013 at 11:42 am

  19. Looks like paradise.


    December 26, 2013 at 12:16 pm

  20. great series…love the look in Elvis’s eyes…the sanctuary sounds like a wonderful place!


    December 26, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    • Thank you Heather. You were absent for a while.


      December 26, 2013 at 2:17 pm

      • right…time was short and rather than miss your posts all together, I simply “liked” them for a bit…


        December 27, 2013 at 10:41 am

  21. Monkeying around! HAHA! I love a good pun…I’m shameless. I go bananas for them. 😛 Nice pic!


    December 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm

  22. Thank you for liking “Holiday Light Displays.” I enjoyed looking at these monkey photos, especially the lemurs. These photos remind me of a field trip I took to the San Francisco Zoo with the rest of my anthropology class years ago. Seeing the monkeys and the rest of the animals at the zoo was great. Seeing my anthropology teacher jumping up and down and trying to call the monkeys in their language was not. I hope you enjoyed Christmas, and I hope you have a Happy New Year. 🙂


    December 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    • Thank you for the good wishes. Actually, I don’t have much wildlife here. Lots of people, buildings and landscapes, though.


      December 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm

  23. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas. While in Plettenberg Bay did you go to the snake sanctuary around there too?


    December 27, 2013 at 5:03 am

    • I never made it to the snake place. Thank you for your support this year, I hope all is well with school and your job.


      December 27, 2013 at 7:52 am

  24. Funny creatures. Thanks, Ron!


    December 27, 2013 at 5:50 am

  25. These images are really fine!. The close-up compositions are compelling since we can look directly into the faces of the animals. Their expressions fascinate me. They are almost us, I think. I have to tell you how impressed I am by your response to comments. I don’t know anybody of your photographic caliber who bothers. You’re one the good guys, Ron! 🙂 Have a Happy New Year and an adventurous 2014!


    December 27, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    • Happy new year to you. One of the fortunate things about this shoot is these primates are well fed and used to having people around. With a modest telephoto it was possible to get these closely cropped shots.


      December 27, 2013 at 2:14 pm

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