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Monkey Business in Barbados
PostedbySuper UseronTuesday, 07 July 2015in Realtors Real Estate Sales BlogFont size:LargerSmaller
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All across Barbados you will find these mischievous little creatures running wild, especially in the gullies that run across the island and even in people’s gardens! The green monkeys found in Barbados, originally came from Senegal and Gambia in West Africa approximately 350 years ago. About 75 generations have occurred since these monkeys arrived in Barbados and, as a result of environmental differences and evolution, the Barbados monkeys today have different characteristics than those in West Africa.
The monkeys are found mainly in the parishes of St.John, St.Joseph, St.Andrew and St.Thomas, where much natural vegetation and woodlands still exist. However, monkeys can also be seen traveling through hotel grounds in St.Peter and St.James, stealing food from tourists.The Green Monkeys are some of the cutest and sometimes naughtiest wild life found in Barbados.
After the island was colonized in 1627, the first settlers brought the monkeys from West Africa to Barbados as their pets, but pets they are not, as they can destroy some crops, especially fruits, and they are known to cause havoc with electric lines. They are therefore considered to be pests by farmers and the government offers a bounty on their tails.There are individuals who travel around Barbados with baby Green Monkeys charging a fee for a photo of the animals. Others keep baby Green Monkeys by their craft stall to attract visitors and others cage them for sale.
On the surface, these activities may appear to be relatively benign, however the facts are rather less attractive since the mothers are killed for their young and as the baby monkeys grow older, they are discarded and replaced with younger ones.The older ones are either killed or released, where they will eventually be killed as outcasts by other monkeys.Note: Please, refuse to support this practice, do not take photos of the monkeys in these circumstances or give money to vendors for the care of these monkeys at any time. It is a cruel practice which should be stopped. For more information, please contact the RSPCA at (246) 426 3077.Barbados .org. welchmanhallgullybarbados.com
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