The World of Birds and Monkey Park
This stop is great for a couple of reasons, but our favorite reason is that you can get up close and personal with the animals. The park may not be in the best shape, however we can’t resist playing with the little squirrel monkeys so we decided to bring the Essers here too. On our travels, Justin and I never bother with bird parks, but seeing as there are monkeys and other animals here, we decided not to skip it.
Bryan picked up souvenirs for his co-workers. I managed to negotiate a decent deal.
I would never have thought of doing that here before, but after living and traveling through Asia for the past few years… I can’t pay first price anymore! Now I know, even in Cape Town… Bargain!
Entrance fee is R70 per person.
First stop inside the sanctuary is a reptile room.
We are not sure whether the Essers enjoyed this stop or not because they seemed far less entertained than Justin and I. It was also a hot day and there is was not much of a breeze passing through this area, so we assume that they were feeling a little tired.
Here are some of the creatures and sights that we saw:
Looking for flees
There are many rescued squirrels in the park.
… and monkeys 😉
This garden was humid and hot. The green house effect keeps the area tropical for these pink/ red flowers which come from South America.
This interesting-looking structure is a coffin: A Fish Eagle Coffin from Ghana
Funerary Art has many expressions, but seldom is it as eye-catching and surprising as among the Ga, the dominant people of Accra and the surrounding region. Here a remarkable folk art of coffin-bulding has developed, combining remembrance, respect, humour and celebration. The coffin may take almost any form or shape, from an eagle to a Mercedes Benz.
Other examples of Ga Coffins above.
A display cabinet held hundreds of Bird Eggs.
A squirrel monkey from South America
These little guys are very playful.
Baby monkey clings to mommy’s back.
These monkeys are little mischiefs. They try to steal things, including earrings, sunglasses, or beads. Anything small and shiny!
Look at him open that camera bag and try to see what he can take from inside it!
Monkey Jungle – December 2010
To see pictures from our last trip here, see our blog post from 2010: Sightseeing Bus Tour. Last time we were here, we had a lot more fun. There were people helping out in he cages, and handing out seeds for the monkeys. This meant that they were crawling all over us. Unfortunately, this time, it was harder to get up close and personal.
Justin tried to convince Nick that there was a real alligator in this “Jungle”. When we get to the statute is was broken. Fail!
When we were done walking around the park, we headed back to the bus stop to wait for the next Sightseeing Bus. That was when we ran into Dustin, one of Justin’s best buddies from Texas. He had flown to Cape Town to come to our wedding, and now he was joining us for the rest of the city tour.
We never had to wait too long for the bus to pick us up.
Wow, a smile… Thanks Nick!
Justin and his pops!