Monkeys are adorable animals, so it's no wonder they have their
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own day of celebration. December 14 is Monkey Day, so if you're a fan, it's your opportunity to learn more about them, buy gifts for yourself or others, hang out with monkeys at the zoo and even adopt one of your own. Although you're not going to find any monkeys swinging up and down Fifth Avenue, you can still celebrate even if you're in NYC.
Adopt a monkey
If you've always wanted to own a monkey but you live in NYC where they're banned, you can at least adopt one or two of your own and let them still live in their natural habitat. You can adopt various types of monkeys through the World Wildlife Fund where your donation helps to support efforts to take care of animals around the world. Some types of monkeys available include the Proboscis Monkey, the Douc Monkey, and the Emperor Tamarin. There are three packages available ranging from $25 to $100 – each one includes various items such as an adoption certificate, plush monkey, and a gift bag.
See them at the zoo
Should you prefer to see monkeys in person rather than adopt one, head over to the Central Park Zoo to see Snow Monkeys. They're native to Japan where they are considered symbols of success. They have it made at the zoo – their exhibit includes a pond and a hot tub. During the winter, from November 6 – March 30, the zoo is open daily from 10am to 4:30pm. General admission tickets are $12 for adults, $7 for children and $9 for seniors.
Visit a monkey restaurant
There are two restaurants in NYC that are ideal to visit on Monkey Day. The first is The Three Monkeys, which is a bar on West 54th Street. They have a huge array of appetizing food including Mac & Cheese Bites for $10, Crab Cakes for $14, and Fish & Chips for $16. Another option is The Monkey Bar on East 54th Street. They offer a more upscale environment; their menu consists of dishes such as House Made Pappardelle with White Truffles for $75 and Roasted Salmon for $29.
Learn monkey facts
Use Monkey Day on December 14 as a chance to learn more facts about these intelligent animals. There are 264 species of monkeys, and they actually have unique fingerprints just like humans. They are often confused with apes, and although both are considered primates, they belong to two different families. Two significant ways to differentiate between the two is that apes are larger – they also don't have tails like monkeys do.
You're certainly not short on ways to celebrate National Monkey Day on December 14. Grab your monkey hat, hang out with some monkeys at the zoo, head over to a monkey restaurant afterward and you're all set for a great day.