Those curious little monkeys …

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The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary; another day of exploring with three wonderful new friends, Monica, Ashley and Charlie (all from England). Monkeys I finally get to see and play with real live monkeys not behind a cage but free to roam as they please in this amazing sanctuary in the middle of Ubud. 

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The mission of the monkey forest is based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana. 

Tri Hita Karana is a Hindu philosophy derived from the word “Tri” meaning three, Hita meaning happiness and Karana meaning the cause or manner.   Three ways to reach spiritual physical well being.  The substance of the doctrine is how to make people maintain a harmonious relationship in this life.  Those three relationships comprise of harmonious relationships between humans and humans, humans and their environment and humans with the supreme God.

Based on the concept of Tri Hita Karana the sacred monkey forest sanctuary is to create peace and harmony with the animals and the visitors. 

The Balinese Monkeys that live in the sanctuary are called macaque.  There are about 600 monkeys living in the sanctuary divided into 5 groups.  These monkeys are active during the day and rest at night.  Mating occurs throughout the year, the mothers are very protective of their babies, all the female monkeys care for the babies even if they are not their own, a community effort is put forth in protecting these little dudes.  I had the distinct pleasure of viewing a couple of mother’s with their tiny babies  you could see the mothers scanning the crowd making sure that her baby was free from harm.  The monkeys are fascinating to watch, so curious, so smart, so quick to take. 

There is no doubt I will return to this fascinating place for another round of monkey play.

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