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National Monkey Day

Go bananas this National Monkey Day! Join the festivities and celebrate our furry friends with themed activities, recipes, and more!
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Get ready to go bananas for National Monkey Day on December 14th! Celebrated since 2000, this day was created by two friends in honor of their love for primates. Whether you're an animal lover or just a fan of these adorable creatures, it's the perfect opportunity to learn about and appreciate monkeys from around the world.

History of National Monkey Day

National Monkey Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Creation of National Monkey Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Monkey Day was created by two friends, Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin, to show their love and appreciation for monkeys.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2001</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Monkey Day Parties</div><div class='timeline-text'>One year after its creation, the first parties celebrating National Monkey Day commence, starting a tradition for future years.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2007</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Educational Emphasis</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Monkey Day begins emphasizing education and conservation of monkeys due to growing concerns about their well-being.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Social Media Awareness</div><div class='timeline-text'>Twitter hashtags and Facebook events further popularize National Monkey Day, creating a larger community of primate enthusiasts.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Monkeys in Popular Culture</div><div class='timeline-text'>From Curious George to Planet of the Apes, National Monkey Day acknowledges monkeys' significant roles in popular culture.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Virtual Monkey Day Celebrations</div><div class='timeline-text'>Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many National Monkey Day celebrations move online, offering worldwide involvement.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Monkey Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a zoo</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>No matter where you live, there is sure to be a zoo close by that houses monkeys. Spend the day observing their antics and learning about them from knowledgeable staff.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Watch monkey films</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pop some popcorn, make some monkey snacks, and rent your favorite monkey movie. From Tarzan to Planet of the Apes, you are sure to find a classic film.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make monkey crafts</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather up your crafting supplies and get creative with a monkey theme. Make paper mache monkeys or use felt to create stuffed monkeys as gifts for friends.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Read books about monkeys</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>From Curious George to The Jungle Book, there are plenty of stories to explore about our primate cousins. Enjoy an afternoon of reading about the adventures of monkeys.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go on a safari</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>If you really want to get up close and personal with monkeys, then plan a safari to Africa or South America and observe these creatures in their natural habitat.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Monkey Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Monkeys are adorable</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Whether it's a cute little baby monkey hanging from its mother's back or an adult swinging through the trees, there's no denying that these animals are incredibly endearing. Monkeys also have advanced cognitive abilities that make them more similar to humans than you might think - and at times, much more entertaining!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Monkeys play important roles in nature</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Monkeys play essential roles in their ecosystems by dispersing seeds and pollinating vegetation, which helps sustain tropical forests. They're also keystone species, meaning they affect how energy flows through their environment. Their existence is vital for the health of nature!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Monkeys help us learn about ourselves</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By studying monkeys, we can gain insight into our own behavior and evolution. We can observe their social interactions, communication habits and emotional intelligence to better understand the origins of our own actions and behaviors. Plus, studying primates helps us appreciate the intricacies of the natural world!</p></div></div>

Unveiling 5 Hidden Facts for Monkey Day

National Monkey Day FAQs

When is National Monkey Day?

National Monkey Day is celebrated on December 14 every year. In 2024 National Monkey Day will occur on a Saturday.

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