Today I paid a visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, the biggest tourist draw in Bali’s most touristy town – the forest attracts 10,000 tourists a month. If you like monkeys you should see something here you like. I’ll admit I don’t (like monkeys) but say what you will about them, today at least they & their surrounds proved photogenic.

Monkey Forest, Ubud, Central Bali, Indonesia. June 15th 2012.

The late afternoon sunlight breaks through the trees and falls on two monkeys on the floor of the Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (map-pointer-icon), Ubud, Central Bali, Indonesia. June 15th 2012.

The Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is a 27-acre nature reserve & sacred temple complex containing over 100 species of trees. It’s home to over 300 free-roaming monkeys, mostly crab-eating Macaque who are native to Southeast Asia. Given the vast numbers of tourists who pass through, it’ll come as no surprise to hear that the monkeys are very accustomed to human interaction and are in no way shy – they are as opportunistic as the come and very often aggressive so keep a strong hold on your (closed) bag (or better still leave it in the car) & keep that camera out of harms way.

Monkey Forest, Ubud, Central Bali, Indonesia. June 15th 2012.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud, Central Bali, Indonesia. June 15th 2012.

I like animals. I like natural history. The travel bit is not the important bit. The travel bit is what you have to do in order to go and look at animals.

– Sir David Attenborough

Monkey Forest, Ubud, Central Bali, Indonesia. June 15th 2012.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud, Central Bali, Indonesia. June 15th 2012.

Monkey Forest, Ubud, Central Bali, Indonesia. June 15th 2012.

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, Ubud, Central Bali, Indonesia. June 15th 2012.

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