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Florida's Wild Monkeys
Posted By: slowpez, 02-26-2013, 10:17 AM

In the 1930's, a small group of wild rhesus monkeys was introduced into the Silver Springs area as a tourist attraction. Causing a myriad of problems among the tourists, from jumping into the glass bottom boats to stealing purses, etc.; the idea was declared a failure. Left to their own devices, the animals have survived. Some escaped the original island. There is a colony also established in Ocala National Forest. These shots were all taken from a canoe trip on the Silver River.

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02-27-2013, 07:08 AM   #16
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QuoteOriginally posted by bluestringer Quote
Fantastic photos Susan. I live in South Georgia about 50 miles from the Florida line and never knew monkeys were there. Thanks for sharing.
I think these are Florida's best kept secret.

QuoteOriginally posted by lesmore49 Quote
Great photo's and I never knew about the wild monkey's in Florida. Always wonder if invasive species are ever a good idea.
Invasive species are never a good idea but I think we are going to have to learn to live with them.

QuoteOriginally posted by Julie Quote
Very nice shots.

Looks like they're posing for their family photo in #1!
Thanks Julie.

QuoteOriginally posted by Rupert Quote
Fantastic shots Susan, loved the story too. Mrs Rupert is from Florida and didn't even know of this...she found it very interesting and loved the photos.
Thank Mrs. Rupert for me. Nice to see you are still around Rupert. Hope all is well with you.


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