The DuMond Conservancy has a rich history of studying primate behavior. Monkey Jungle itself was founded on the basis of studying primate behavior when in 1933 Joseph DuMond released a troop of six Java Macaques onto the dense South Florida Hammock, that we now know as the grounds of Monkey Jungle, with the intention of studying those primates in a naturalistic environment.
Frank DuMond (left) brought new world monkeys to Monkey Jungle with his interest in studying squirrel monkeys and other new world primates in naturalistic conditions, a habitat that closely resembled an Amazonian Rainforest (right).
Now, nearly 80 years later, the DuMond Conservancy continues to celebrate this tradition of studying primate behavior in semi-naturalistic conditions with the colony of approximately 50 owl monkeys, as well as the collection of primates found at Monkey Jungle, including a troop of nearly 150 semi-free ranging macaques that are descendants of the original six, and a group of over 80 semi-free ranging squirrel monkeys. Many research endeavors conducted at the DuMond Conservancy have been published in a variety of Scientific Publications and many students who have conducted research at the DuMond Conservancy have gone on to pursue careers in primatology, academia, and conservation.