Monkeys are some of the most popular and well-known animals in the world. They are often seen as cute and cuddly, but they can also be quite fierce when necessary. On World Monkey Day, we want to remind everyone that monkeys are fascinating creatures with a rich history.
What is World Monkey Day?
World Monkey Day is a day to celebrate the joy brought to the world by monkeys and other simians. It has also evolved into a day to promote awareness of modern threats to monkeys. As of 2022, the holiday is supported and promoted by Greenpeace, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian Institution.
The History of World Monkey Day
It is believed that monkeys have existed for over 60 million years. We enjoyed seeing them in zoos, circuses, and movies. In 2000, two college students, Casey Sorrow and Erik Milliken were feeling post-Thanksgiving blues in early December. The friends searched for a way to relieve their blues. Casey jokingly wrote “Monkey Day” in his friend’s calendar on December 14.
On that date, Casey and his art school friends put on some monkey suits and ran around the campus while making their best monkey impressions. They enjoyed the experience and decided to promote it by quickly drawing monkey comics and other monkey art. The friends distributed the artwork and the new holiday slowly began to spread to other schools. It is celebrated worldwide, including in Germany, Thailand, and India.
When is World Monkey Day?
World Monkey Day will be celebrated on December 14 every year.
World Monkey Day Dates
This year World Monkey Day is celebrated on Wednesday, Dec 14, 2022
How is World Monkey Day Celebrated?
1. Monkey-Themed Art
Emulate Casey and Erik by designing a painting, sculpture, or craft of your own – with a monkey theme. You could even dress up as a monkey for the day!
2. Watch Monkey-Themed Videos on YouTube
Watch some hilarious, informative, or simply fun videos about monkeys. From educational clips to silly pranks, there’s something for everyone on World Monkey Day.
3. Act Out Monkey Scenes from Movies
Reenact your favorite scenes from classic movies with furry friends. Go bananas in the monkey suit and props you find in your home.
4. Monkey-Themed Foods
Grab some cookies, cake, or treats that have a monkey-themed flavor. You can also make a monkey cake or other sweet treats. You can always begin with bananas, but take the celebration further with monkey-shaped cookies or perhaps eat some Ben and Jerry’s “Chunky Monkey” ice cream.
5. Primate Donations
Since the day focuses not only on the fun we have with monkeys, you and a group of friends could band together to raise funds for primate research programs or for monkey preservation programs.
6. Go To The Zoo
Many zoos have special monkey-themed exhibits or events during World Monkey Day.
7. Watch a Monkey Movie
You could have fun with Curious George or try a blast from the past with Bedtime for Bonzo or Every Which Way But Loose. You can also “go big” and watch King Kong.
Why We Love World Monkey Day
Monkey Day is a day for fun and laughter. It’s a day to celebrate the amazing primates who share our world and to appreciate the special bond we have with these furry friends. Here are some of the top reasons why we love World Monkey Day:
1. It’s a Great Excuse to Monkey Around
Use the day to enjoy yourself in whatever fun ways you can think of. Stay safe, but embrace your inner monkey and have a rollicking time.
2. It Provides Needed Information
Not many are aware half of the species of monkeys in the world are in danger of extinction. World Monkey Day brings that awareness into a sharper and more public focus
3. Monkeys Are Cute
There’s no denying they are some of the cutest animals on the planet. So enjoy your day surrounded by furry friends and marvel at their wacky antics.
World Monkey Day FAQs
Does Monkeys Have Tails?
Monkeys have tails – unlike other primates (they do not have tails)
What Are Monkeys Native Setting?
Monkeys are primarily found in tropical rainforests.
How Does Monkeys Show Love?
For a monkey, one of the greatest gestures of affection from a monkey is to pick bugs off another monkey
What Monkeys Are the Smallest?
The smallest monkeys are the Pygmy Marmosets.
World Monkey Day was originally a way to allow two drives to have fun, but has now evolved into a day of worldwide education about the current threats toward monkeys.