Monkey Day, celebrated on December 14 every year, has come again. We can take this day as an opportunity to learn more about these amazing creatures and even help protect them.
It was in the year 2000 when Casey Sorrow and Erik Millikin, two undergraduates at Michigan State University at the time, created the first National Monkey Day. pointed. Sorrow and his friends are looking for ways to combat the gloom many people feel this holiday season, as they dress up as monkeys on December 14 and parade Monkey impressions.
But what started as a way to combat holiday blues has become an event celebrated in many countries, from Germany to Thailand and India. Even the Smithsonian Institution and National Geographic are promoting Monkey Day, and it has since evolved to celebrate these special creatures.
employment monkey dayWe turn our focus to these unique members of the animal kingdom as well as other non-human primates such as lemurs, abras, and apes. Apart from celebrating them, this day also aims to raise awareness of the threats they face.
On this day, people can celebrate by sharing some important facts that they know about monkeys with their family and friends. Some may even throw a monkey party or maybe learn more about monkeys from around the world, whether by reading or watching documentaries about them.
Others may also choose to go to the zoo to see these wonderful creatures live, or perhaps donate to organizations that work to conserve and protect monkeys such as African Havens Alliance and the Rainforest Trust.
Today, let’s take a look at some interesting facts about monkeys. (Courtesy of: National Day, National Day Calendar, National Geographic And tree hugger)
- There are two main groups of monkeys: Old World monkeys such as baboons and geladas that live in Asia and Africa, and New World monkeys, such as tamarans and capuchins, that live in South America.
- The batas monkey is the fastest primate, with a top speed of 35 miles per hour. According to National Geographic, this speed is equal to the speed of a racehorse.
- Although the word “monkey” is sometimes used to describe primates in general, apes are actually different from apes and primates such as abrags and lorises. Britannica notes that a particular difference between apes and other primates is that most monkeys have tails even if they are just a small core.
- Europe has only one species of wild monkey: the Barbary macaque.
- Monkeys vary in size. For example, the world’s smallest monkey, the pygmy monkey, weighs only a few ounces. On the other hand, the world’s largest monkey, the mandrill, can weigh from 77 to about 100 pounds.
- Monkeys have a habit of picking up dirt from each other, but that’s not just their way of cleaning each other. It is actually their way of strengthening their social bonds.
- Many species of monkeys from around the world are already endangered due to various threats and dangers, including hunting and deforestation.