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Monkeys In Paradise

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This chapter sets out the basic features of the monkey park and examines the naturalistic concept of display associated with it. It introduces the Japanese macaque itself, provides an outline of the monkey park sector, and describes the visitor experience at the monkey park. The chapter shows how the monkey park is represented as a 'paradise' where wild but peaceful monkeys can be viewed clearly, close-up, and for an extended period of time. It then examines the monkey park's relationship to the zoo. The chapter describes how the monkey park defines itself in opposition to the zoo by projecting itself as a 'natural zoo' where visitors can observe monkeys under natural conditions rather than the artificial conditions of zoo captivity. The claim is that, in contrast to socially isolated and environmentally displaced zoo animals, park monkeys continue to be part of a troop and connected to the forest.

Keywords: Japanese macaques; Japanese monkey paradise; monkey park; natural zoo

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