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Restoring The Monkeys

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This chapter examines ideas and initiatives aimed at restoring the wild character of the monkeys. As a result of their increasing detachment from the forest, park monkeys appear significantly less natural than their unprovisioned counterparts, calling into question the park's claim to be a 'natural zoo'. Discussion of park reform typically focuses on the theme of resituating the monkey viewing experience away from the park and towards the forest. The chapter looks at an example of forest-edge display, and examines the more radical idea of siting the monkey viewing experience in the forest itself and discusses the various questions that this proposed reform raises. The chapter also describes another example of forest display known as 'monkeywatching'. The author considers the limits to the proposed restoration of the wild character of the monkeys by looking at aspects of park monkey behaviour not addressed in the reforms.

Keywords: forest-edge display; monkey park; monkeywatching



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