Mona Monkeys

In Ghana, I met up with Mona Monkeys. First, they scampered around my campground, intimidating me as I set up my tent. Second, they posed at a monkey cemetery where gravestones marked specific monkey dead. 

Mona Monkeys

Mona Monkeys have the look of wearing the sort of face masks that would meet Covid-19 masking requirements. But I doubt that stops merchants from chasing them out of Ghana’s outdoor markets.

Boabeng Fienna Village is home to a monkey sanctuary. When I was there, this sanctuary was being visited by many Mona Monkeys. These photos are from there.

Monkey cemetery

For Mona Monkey facts, click here.

Mona monkey
moans in the night
Mona monkey
bit of a fright

Mona monkey
roaming around
Mona monkey
in trees or on ground

The grave markers
what do you think
Is death starkers
or don’t you blink

Mona Monkey
looking so cool
Mona monkey
nobody’s fool

“The tails of Old World monkeys are never prehensile.  Their thumbs are opposable.  Their nostrils are close together and point downward.  They have 32 teeth.  Many species have cheek pouches to store food for later consumption, and many have thick pads on their buttocks for comfort when sitting on hard surfaces.  Old World monkeys are more closely related to apes, and therefore humans, than they are to the New World monkeys.”  —New England Primate Conservancy

“It is not so important to be serious as it is to be serious about the important things. The monkey wears an expression of seriousness which would do credit to any college student, but the monkey is serious because he itches.”— Robert M. Hutchins

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