Sacred Monkey Forest — Bali
In March 2014 we went to Ubud, Bali after spending a week in New Zealand.
One of the highlights of our time in Bali was the Monkey Forest of Padangtegal.
The Ubud Monkey Forest is a nature reserve and temple complex owned by the village of Padangtegal.
The local name is Mandala Wisata Wanara Wana.
The 27-acre forest is home to about 115 different species of trees:
And home to about 605 long-tailed macaque monkeys.
There are approximately 39 adult males, 38 subadult males, 194 adult females, 243 juvenile, and 91 infants:
And they are all mischievous!
Don’t let their sweet innocent faces fool you:
All they really care about is food.
If you choose to feed them, you can purchase bananas at the entrance.
Just be careful because you are feeding a wild animal while over 600 other wild animals watch.
You don’t need to be afraid — you just need to be alert.
The monkeys can be naughty and will steal your loose items like cameras, sunglasses, hats, etc.
So again, just be aware of these things before entering the Monkey Forest.
I loved watching them interact with each other.
When they aren’t being naughty, they are playful and silly animals.
One guy even went for a swim!
We could have stayed there and watched them all day.
When your travels take you to Ubud, be sure and make time for the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary.
You can read all about our villa in the rice fields and the delicious food we ate HERE.
And for some of Ubud’s temples and sights click HERE.
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