Thursday 26 April 2012

Sacred Monkey Forest, Ubud

The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal is owned by the village of Padangtegal. Village members serve on the Sacred Monkey Forest's governing council (The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation). The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation has historically strived to develop and implement management objectives that will both maintain the sacred integrity of the monkey forest and promote the monkey forest as a sacred site that is open to visitors from around the world.

In 1986, only 800 people per month (on average) were visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal. Today, it is not uncommon for the monkey forest to host 15,000 visitors per month. Although the Foundation welcomes the fact that a growing number of tourists are choosing to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, it also recognises that tourism can have negative impacts on the monkey forest's natural and cultural resources. As a result, some of the primary objectives of the Foundation include: 
  • Educating people about the importance of conserving the Sacred Monkey Forest's natural and cultural resources.
  • Maintaining a team of highly trained staff members that are responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Sacred Monkey Forest.
  • Monitoring and whenever necessary restoring the integrity of the Sacred Monkey Forest's natural and cultural resources. 

Here a some of the monkeys we met in the Sacred Forest:

The monkey's weren't ferocious, if you leave them alone they'll ignore you

Mandala Wisata Wenara Wana
(Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary)
Jalan Monkey Forest, Padangtegal, Ubud
Bali, Indonesia (80571)

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