Research at the DuMond Conservancy

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 Sr     MJs Amazon

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.

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