Monkey Jungle is a 12 hectares wildlife park established in 1933 for the exhibition and study of endangered monkeys in semi-natural habitats. Many projects have been conducted at the park, which is a tourist attraction in the Miami, Florida area. The park, which is in suburban Miami, has a total of 30 species of primates represented, including gibbons, golden lion tamarins, guenons, spider monkeys and great apes. They kept, during its whole history, a total of three gorillas. The first one was a male called Bulu, who arrived from Africa in 1950 and was joined the following year by a Mitzie, a female. The pair never got to breed. Three months after Bulu's death, Monkey Jungle imported from Africa a second male, King (the current resident of the centre) in hope of him to have offspring with Mitzie, but she died in 1989 and never got pregnant. King is living alone since then.

Till not long ago, King was only kept at his indoor 12 X 4 meters bedroom. Thanks to the Friends of King Foundation and the funds they raised, it was posible to construct a new 1-acre open air habitat, called Cameroon Forest, with a motad surrounding a hardwood hammock, which King started to enjoy in late 2000.

Monkey Jungle keeps a silverback gorilla:

KING


Family Tree (Genealogical Chart):

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