World Monkey Day

Since 2003, World Monkey Day has been celebrated on December 14. The origins of the day are unknown, but its popularity appears to be due in part to students at the University of Michigan taking the day and turning it into an artistic event that included exhibits of sculptures, paintings, and even themed parties in its honor.

The university celebration included all ape creatures, not just monkeys.

This is not the only day on the calendar dedicated to primates, as it is associated with two more holidays:

World Chimpanzee Day, July 14.
World Orangutan Day, August 19.

What is the goal of World Monkey Day?

Currently, there are around 260 species of living on the planet. Of them, 25 species are critically endangered.

Endangered species include the blue-eyed black lemur, eastern lowland gorilla, Dollman's monkey, spider monkey, Rondo galago and capuchin monkey.

The main reason some of these species are in danger of extinction is because of black market poachers, who can sell these animals for the equivalent of 10 AK-47 rifles and, in some cases, even obtain the weapon as payment. .

For this reason, several environmental organizations use this day as a platform to spread the message of care, respect and a better quality of life for primates around the world.

Interesting facts about monkeys

The first interesting fact that catches our attention is that monkeys have between 94% and 95% of the same genes as us, which is why humans are so close to them.

Perhaps this is what "Planet of the Apes" is trying to express. But these are not the only data that bring us closer to them: there is also the following:

  • They smile like us. According to scientific research, they can laugh without making any sound and can also laugh like humans.
  • They can communicate: There are many movies, television series and scientific studies that show that all monkeys in the world can learn sign language, but apart from that, they are all capable of communicating in their own way.
  • Depression: These animals can become depressed, feel very sad and sometimes even die of love.
  • Disapproval: Bonobos may shake their heads in disapproval and even scold their children for certain behaviors.
  • As well you can greet each other: After analyzing 1.242 interactions in groups of bonobos and chimpanzees in zoos, they discovered that the apes looked at each other and communicated with each other frequently to initiate and end interactions.

Having so much in common with monkeys, we should be much more understanding and celebrate their day, care for them and respect them.

So on December 14, upload a photo of your favorite monkey to social media along with a message to protect it and the hashtag #WorldMonkeyDay o #International Daydmonkey.

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