FQ & A

Q: What is inside the Monkey Forest?

A: Inside the Monkey Forest visitors can see 3 temples (Pura Dalem or temple to worship Lord Shiva, Holy Water Temple, and Cremation Temple). Visitors can also see various kinds of trees and definitely Monkeys.

Q: What is the concept of the Monkey Forest?

A: Monkey Forest uses the“Tri Hita Karana” concept.

 

Q: What is “Tri Hita Karana”?

A: Tri Hita Karana is a traditional philosophy stating three ways to reach physical and spiritual well-being. When the concept of Tri Hita Karana is properly implemented, there will be harmonization on humans relationship with the Supreme God, harmonization on humans’ relationship with humans, and harmonizing the relationship between humans and his environment.

Q: When was the temple built?

A: Based on analysis, the temple was built in the 14 century, about 600 – 700 years ago.

A: Can visitors enter the temple?

Q: The temple is only for prayer in the Balinese traditional means.

Q: Who is worshiped in the main temple (Pura Dalem Agung Padangtegal)?

A: In the Main Temple people pray to God Shiva.

Q: Who is worshiped in the cremation temple?

A: In Pura Prajapati (cremation temple) people pray to Lord Brahma Prajapati.

Q: Who is worshiped in the Holy Spring Temple?

A:  In the Holy Water Temple people pray to Goddess Gangga.

Q: What is the meaning of the sculptures in the monkey forest area?

A: The sculptures in the monkey forest are symbols of the energies supporting the powers of the Temples.

Q: Why do people throw coins into the Holy Spring Temple pool?

A: Some people believe their wish will become true if they do that.

Q: How old is the banyan tree?

A: Actually we are not sure how old the banyan tree is here, but we know this tree is at least 100 years old.

Q: What are the facilities at the monkey forest?

A: At the Monkey Forest we have an exhibition room, open stage, first aid clinic, animal (monkey) clinic, sufficient toilets, and wide parking area.

Q: How big is the forest?

A: The forest is around 12.5 hectares  (30, 8 acres)

Q: What is the type of the monkey?

A: The type is known scientifically as Macaca fascicularis or Balinese long-tailed macaque.

Q: How many monkeys are there at the Monkey Forest?

A: There are more than 600 monkeys, split into 6 groups. At the Cremation Temple, Central Point, East part of the main temple, at the north east area, at the main temple area, and at the new forest area.

Q: What do the monkeys eat?

A: The main food of the monkeys is sweet potatoes, but in daily combine with another food, such as; banana, papaya leaves, seasonal fruit, etc.

Q: Where can visitors buy bananas?

A: Visitors can buy bananas at the banana counter inside the Monkey Forest.

Q: Can visitors feed the monkeys peanuts?

A: It is forbidden to feed monkeys peanuts because of the monkey health reasons.

Q: Is it safe for the visitors to interact with the monkeys?

A:  Yes of course, as long as the visitors don’t touch and play with the monkey, and please ask assistance from the staff if needed.

Q: Can visitors feed the monkeys?

A: Visitors can feed the monkeys with bananas, and please do not hide the food because the monkey will know and try to get it.

Q: What visitors should do if the monkey jumps on them?

A: Please do not panic, stand up and slowly walk away. Please also ask for help from the staff.

Q: Do they (the monkeys) bite people?

A: Sometimes they might bite if visitors touch and play with the monkey.

 

Q: What visitors need to do if the monkey bites?

A: Go to the Monkey Forest First Aid, and the clinic staff will help or clean with alcohol and provide antiseptic cream.

Q: Do the monkeys have any diseases?

A: The monkeys at the Monkey Forest are healthy. Monkey Forest Ubud are in cooperation with Primate Research Center of Udayana University to monitor monkey health.

Q: Have you had any cases of Rabies?

A: From 14 years research, by Dr. Agustin Fuentes from the Department of Anthropology, University of Notre Dame, USA, never found any case of rabies in any monkey in Bali.

 

 

Q: Can vistors take a picture with the monkeys?

A: Yes, to take a picture with the monkey, please maintain a good distance from the monkey. In case you need any assistance please ask the Monkey Forest Staff.

 

Q: How much do we pay to take a picture with the monkey?

A: It’s free of charge.

A: Gratis.

Q: Why are the monkeys fighting?

A: Usually the monkeys fight because of reasons such as territory; one or several monkeys may pass through another’s territory, as well as females, food or to get the higher position as a king.

Q: What are the existing cemeteries in monkey forest?

A: There are a cemetery for adults and infants.

Q: Do there a special cemetery for the monkeys?

A: At this time there no special cemetery for the monkeys.

Q: Where the dead monkeys were burried?

A: If there find a dead monkey, will be buried around the monkey forest area, or at the place where it was found.

Q: Why are the monkeys threatened with a sling shot?

A: To warn the monkey to stop acting naughty.

Q: What do monkeys NOT eat?

A: Meat and fish. They eat eggs but not birds and no other animals.

Q: Are monkeys nocturnal?

A: No, they are active during daylight and rest during the night.

Q: How big are the monkeys?

A: An infant weighs around 0.05 – 0. 1 kg at birth. Adult females grow to 2.5 – 5.7 kg in weight. Males can sometimes reach over 3.5 – 8 kg. Maximum recorded is 11 kg.

Q: How many babies are born at a time?

A: Usually only one infant, twins are very rarely born, females are pregnant for nearly 6 months.

Q: When does the infant leave its mother?

A: Monkey infants stay with their mother until they are about 10 months old. They receive breast milk for the first 6 months of their life but also learn to eat other foods. The mother teaches them everything about survival in the forest. They share a very close relationship.

 

Q: Do monkey live in families?

A: No, as adults they spend most of the time on their own. Babies and children stay together with their mother. However mothers and young macaques do socialize and the infants play together.

Q: When do they (the monkeys) reach maturity?

A: Females can start having babies between 3.7 – 5 years old. Male monkeys start between the ages of 3 – 5 years. After that he will grow his beard and moustache. Cheek pads and throat pouches may not appear until he is older than 4.5 years and might not grow at all.

Q: Where do monkeys sleep?

A: They sleep in trees in the Monkey Forest area.

Q: Can visitors bring any plastic bag inside?

A: We do apologize, please leave plastic bags at the ticket counter, because the monkey will grab it as they are curious.

Q: Why do the monkeys live here?

A: Because here they are protected by the local people and there is plenty of food provided.