Cute Monkey Photos

I love monkeys! I know you probably didn’t see that one coming….I couldn’t resist sharing a few of my favorite cute monkey pictures with you:

Pig-tail macaques at a temple in Thailand:

I love this photo.  It looks rather painful, although the mother didn’t seem to mind.  Talk about a mother’s love!

mother and baby pig-tailed macaque at a temple in Thailand
Ouch!  Talk about a mother’s love!


Me feeding two juvenile monkeys who were begging for food
Young pig-tail macaques begging at a temple in Thailand.

Catching a Ride in Palau:   Surrogate Dog Mother to Baby Monkey

Such a cute photo, but such a sad story.  Click the link above to find out more.

 dog surrogate mother to baby monkey
Surrogate mothers come in all different species.

Struggling to Lose The Baby Weight in Germany at Monkey Mountain (Affenberg)

Who knew that it wasn’t only humans that face this struggle?  Making things more difficult is she has temptation all day long of people offering her popcorn.  At least you can take condolences in knowing that your fat a** is not showing up on some blog.

Overweight mother carrying her baby at Monkey Mountain (Affenberg) in Germany
It’s not easy to lose that baby weight when you eat popcorn all day long!

Gorillas at the Calgary and Toronto Zoo (note gorillas are actually apes, not monkeys, but I studied and worked with these gorillas so had to include them!).

I was fortunate enough to actually study and work with the gorillas in the photos below.  I did a Bachelor of Science degree in Primatology (the study of primates).  As part of my studies I conducted observational studies on the gorillas.  After graduating I worked at the Calgary Zoo, teaching educational programs.  Needless to say, my favorite ones were the ones on the gorillas.

Two gorillas sleeping together.
Even better than a pillow!
Baby gorilla and mother at the Calgary Zoo.
Photo courtesy of the Calgary Zoo.

Now, if I could just find the picture of the Capuchin monkey getting REALLY excited over my lip chap that he stole, we’d be all set.  In the meantime, meet Charlie, a midget chimp – no joke, who I met while volunteering at MONA in Spain. Also check out my post on Golden monkeys.  They’re one of Africa’s rarest primates.  And if you want to see really cute baby monkey photos, you have to check this out!

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18 thoughts on “Cute Monkey Photos”

  1. Very cute indeed! I love those little pig-tail macaques — don’t think I’ve ever seen them before. I’d be a little nervous around them, but I can see you’re quite comfortable.

  2. @Cathy – The adult male pig-tail macaques could actually be aggressive, but the young ones were adorable – besides, I’d had my tetanus shot 🙂

  3. Another great post. And you worked with gorillas? How have you managed to cram all these wild adventures into your young life? I am in awe!

  4. Monkeys can be a bit intimidating, especially where they are quite used to (and spoiled by) people. That said, I do like gorillas. And chimps. And orangutans… Oh, well, I guess I quite like monkeys, after all.

  5. These are sooooo cute! I think my favorites are the first one and the one with the gorrilas leaning on each other. Share all the monkey pics you want 🙂 So cute!

  6. Thanks so much for your comments everyone. I enjoyed hearing which ones were your favorites.
    @Sonja – I was so lucky and will be volunteering with chimps next week, which I’m very excited about.

  7. These are so fun-I love monkeys! I love when monkeys ride on dog’s backs. haha That’s so weird, but it’s adorable. If you ever go to Phi Phi Island in Thailand, you have to go to Monkey Cove-it’s an island near Phi Phi that is inhabited by wild monkeys and you can feed them.

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