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Working With Monkeys

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This chapter looks at the people who run the monkey parks and work with the monkeys day in, day out. It outlines the staffing arrangements found in the parks, the nature of the job of park worker, and the range of duties that staff are called on to perform. The chapter focuses on the key duty of park staff: feeding the monkeys. It describes both the general process of food handling and the system of regular feeding times through which the food is distributed to the monkeys. The chapter examines the role of staff in policing the interface between monkeys and visitors. It also outlines the skills that staff requires in dealing with the monkeys, including the ability to recognize them individually, and describe the close relationships that can develop between staff and monkeys.

Keywords: monkey parks; park worker



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