Monkeys can be fascinating creatures. They are cute, mischievous and sometimes downright annoying. Anyone who disagrees has probably never had their laundry ripped down by a family primate when it was hanging to dry. There are many endangered species of primates. Then there are concerns about animal rights and medical research using primates. Monkey Day is a day dedicated to raising awareness about nonhuman primates.
Monkey Day was created to honor monkeys and “all things simians”, which include lemurs, tarsiers and other non-human primates. It’s a wonderful day for raising awareness about the different primates and monkeys around the globe, and the issues and ways we can help.
This date is a hot topic for animal rights activists and environmental activists. Art institutions and visual artists are also supported. This date is supported and celebrated by the Smithsonian Institution and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, as well as the Louvre Museum, London‚Äôs National Portrait Gallery, National Geographic and Greenpeace and Jane Goodall.
Casey Sorrow, an artist student at Michigan State University in 2000, wrote “Monkey Day” as a joke on his friend’s calendar. They actually celebrated the occasion together with other MSU art students. Sorrow then began to collaborate with another MSU student on FetusX, a comic strip that featured the holiday. Monkey Day is now a worldwide holiday to honor primates, including monkeys but also lemurs and tarsiers.
Sorrow does not stop trying to promote the holiday or primate welfare. He maintains a blog called “Monkeys In the News” that discusses news about primate-related issues around the globe and publishes a list of top ten primate news stories for every Monkey Day.
Since Monkey Day was created, it really has gone from strength-to-strength. It is celebrated all over the globe. It is celebrated in many countries, including Canada, Turkey, Thailand and Colombia. The Washington Post described it as “a day to do the following”:
Learn about these intelligent and adorable primates. You could even use this day as an opportunity to be a monkey.
You could dress up as a monkey and perform the role. There are even competitions. You could also spend the day at a zoo because there are many special Monkey Day celebrations. Some events are educational and focus on monkeys. Others include auctions of artwork by chimps or intelligence tests on primates.
Even if your local zoo isn’t hosting an event on the date, we recommend going to your local zoo and spending time with the animals. You should check their calendar before you go, as there are special talks and activities at many zoos around the globe. The Australian National Zoo & Aquarium hosts a variety of educational talks and activities to help raise funds for endangered species such as the Cotton-top Tamarins from Columbia.
They use monkey storytelling to raise awareness in Scotland at the Edinburgh Zoo about the dangers faced by primates. Monkey Day events take place at The Faruk Yalcin Zoo in Darica, Turkey and Botanical Park Darica. The Indira Gandhi Zoo in India offers a variety of programs to educate children about wildlife issues and encourage people to adopt monkeys. There are many more programs. The Lahore Zoo in Pakistan goes above and beyond. They host educational events and art contests about monkeys.
Even if there isn’t a monkey in your home, you could consider hosting a monkey party and inviting your friends (be aware that humans are primates too!). Common activities include watching films like King Kong, Planet of the Apes and Lady Iron Monkey as well as music with monkey themes (the Monkees anyone?). ).
Many celebrations are about raising money for primates-related charities and causes. There are many Monkey Day events held by organizations all over the globe dedicated to primates. Monkey Day is a great opportunity to get out and have fun, so don’t be afraid to go monkeying about!
A film about a monkey is another way to celebrate Monkey Day. There are many types of monkey films. The most popular is the Planet of the Apes film series, but there are many other types. Highly recommended is Disney’s Monkey Kingdom. The Chain-Smoking Capuchin from The Hangover Part II, Clyde and Clyde in Every Which Way But Loose, Cheeta, Tarzan the Ape Man, George, Curious George, Joe, Mighty Joe Young and King Louie are some other famous monkeys we have on our screens.