While we were in Bali, Indonesia, we went to the town of Ubud. While we were there, we went to the Monkey Forest. The Monkey Forest is a forest reserved for paying tribute to the monkey god, Hanuman. Many monkeys live in the forest.
You have to pay get in, because they have to maintain the forest. Lots of people were selling bananas outside the forest to feed the monkeys, even though you were not suppose to feed them. We saw lots of monkeys in and around the forest. The monkeys were all grey and many had large fangs. The monkeys were eating, drinking, fighting, playing games, picking bugs off other monkeys’ bodies or caring for there young.
There were a lot of pathways in the monkey forest that go in different directions. It was hard to find our way around, even with the map they gave is.
Lots of people don’t know how dangerous monkeys are. They have sharp teeth, are intelligent and some carry diseases. The most common disease they carry is rabies. Some of the people there gave them food and let them sit on them, which is dangerous. No-one should do that.
When we went across a bridge over a muddy stream, a group of monkeys chased another monkey through the trees. The monkey that was chased ran and jumped onto a tree branch that had a fifty foot drop below. He was lucky that he did not fall.
Another monkey stole Daddy’s sunscreen while we were watching and then almost scratched Mummy when she tried to get it back!
The monkeys can eat all type of fruits and vegetables but they prefer bananas and papayas. Some even found ways to crack open coconuts. The only type of monkey in this forest is the Balinese Macaque. Their scientific name is macaca fascicicularis.
The whole forest was actually a big temple complex. There were four temples in the the forest. We only went to two. The paths to the temples where very crowded and they where also very small paths. When we got to the first temple, it was really really small.
We went to the final temple. It was bigger, better quality and well preserved. Next to the big temple was a stage were monkeys were fighting for monkey reasons. They showed their fangs a lot! Even the very small monkeys were getting involved. I could tell it was a big argument. At the end they were all playing, having fun, stealing each others food, lying around or just sleeping.
After that we explored a bit more and we found a museum full of pictures below the stage that the monkeys where fighting on. The pictures were not that interesting so we did not stay there very long but there were some cool pictures.
Finally it was time to go. While we were going to the exit, we saw even more monkeys. This time we saw a lot more babies. We saw a family hugging together and a baby monkey clinging on to its mother. Mummy took lots of pictures. The forest was very green and well kept.