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!

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.



  1. Cathy Sweeney February 9, 2012 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    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. Laurel February 9, 2012 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    @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. Lisa February 9, 2012 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    Cute pics – I love the one of the monkey riding on the dog’s back!

  4. Laurel February 9, 2012 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    @Lisa – The dog was so protective of the monkey, it was adorable and they were inseparable!

  5. Lori February 9, 2012 at 11:57 pm - Reply

    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!

  6. RyukyuMIke February 10, 2012 at 12:51 am - Reply

    LOL The l’il guy riding the dog was my fav !

  7. Mary @ The World Is A Book February 10, 2012 at 6:49 am - Reply

    I loved these pictures because monkeys fascinate me too. These are so adorable especially the dog and the monkey and the gorillas.

  8. Italian Notes February 10, 2012 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Those photos are really cute, though I’m not too partial to monkeys myself. In some countries they can be a bit too pushy for my taste.

  9. Sophie February 10, 2012 at 9:40 am - Reply

    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.

  10. Muza-chan February 10, 2012 at 10:30 am - Reply

    So cute 🙂

  11. Sabrina February 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    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!

  12. Dick Jordan February 10, 2012 at 11:10 pm - Reply

    Love the one of the napping gorillas.

  13. Sonja February 12, 2012 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    I am fascinated by gorillas. You’re so lucky you got to work with them.

  14. Laurel February 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    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.

  15. Jenna February 14, 2012 at 3:29 am - Reply

    I love the one with the tiny baby. So sweet.

  16. April February 14, 2012 at 7:06 pm - Reply

    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.

  17. Nomadic Samuel February 22, 2012 at 5:58 am - Reply

    These are adorable photos 🙂

  18. Laurel February 27, 2012 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Thanks for your comments everyone. @Jenna – I’ll check out your link, thanks. @April – I’ve been there, loved it!

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