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2 04, 2016

KIPLING, new support company

We are extremely proud to present you our new support company:  KIPLING!

Fashion and fun go together with Kipling products! Handbags, totes, backpacks, laptop bags & more, all with a funky monkey keychain!

Founded in 1987, Kipling, drew inspiration from Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” and adopted the monkey as the Kipling icon because it is a symbol of adventure and youth. Kipling products allow you to live all your adventures to the fullest!

Thank you KIPLING for the donation of your products and for wanting to be part of our project!

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram or visit their website.

13 03, 2016

International Macaque Day

This Wednesday the 16th of March we celebrate the first International Macaque’s Day, a great oportunity for them to stop being, once for all, the one forgoten primate.

Did you know that the Barbary macaque is the only primate, except from humans, that can be found in the wild in Europe?

The Barbary macaque populations are decreesing by vast amounts every year… The destruction of their habitat and illegal pet trade are leading this unique species to extinction.

About 300 babies are captured every year, snatched away from their habitat, their home, their family… to be sold illegaly as pets in Europe. However the day will arrive when this baby, obtained on a whim to be a pet, becomes an animal far different from the exemplary pet that they were suposed to be… What are the options now? Abandoning it, or locking it away in a little cage, depriving it from the little social contact you could offer so far, leaving it to a life in solitude with little or no stimulation. This situation forbides them developing the social abilities which are essencial for their physical and mental wellbeing , this can causes some abnormal behaviours to appear as repetitive movements or, in more severe cases, self inflicted agression.

In Fundació MONA we fight daily to rise awareness of the terrible situation the Barbary macaque is facing, and we work tirelessly to offer them the worthy life they were taken from.

Nevertherless, and despite the extreme situation of the specie, the Barbary macaque illegal traffic is increassing.
But you can now help us! Join us on this day and give voice to those who dont have it. We have a commitment to them, and every single act no matter […]

4 03, 2016

“La mona” most MONA

During the days before Easter, bakeries take part in a delicious and original show: “La Mona de Pascua”, cakes and chocolate figures, some with much complexity and detail they can be considered works of art.

But this year “La mona” will be even more “mona” than ever because Jordi Roca, the best pastry chef in the world, has created a ”mona” inspired by MONA Foundation.

It’s a large artwork, a sculpture made of 72% chocolate, with a surprise inside made up of 40% cacao and 100% solidarity because the profits of “la mona” will go towards the Primate Rescue Center.

The best “mona” in the world will be sold in Rocambolesc stores (Girona and Madrid) from March 15th. Price: 30 €.

Or you can also order one (to pick up from store) from March 15th to 18th, calling at +34 972 416 667 (Rocambolesc Girona) or +34 915 76 52 34 (Rocambolesc Madrid).

We hope you enjoy this very especial mona!!

4 03, 2016

The Hainan gibbon

Hainan gibbons live only on Hainan island, in the south of China. At first their were considered a subspecie of the Eastern black crested gibbons, but their fur and vocalisations make them unique.

The Hainan gibbon is active during the day, eats almost only fruits, like figues for example. This specie is arboreal and the females give birth to only one offspring every two years!

In the past 45 years, almost 80% of the population has disappeared, due to hunting, habitat lost and also due to the fact that they only live on one island in particular. Curently only 20 mature individuals are still alive. The Hainan Gibbon is the most critically endangered primate of the world with only 25 individuals left living in a 16km² territory ...

When it first was discovered, Hainan gibbons lived throughout the whole of the island, but now the entire population is gathered in a reserve, the Bawangling Nature Reserve. This creates problems of mating, food ressources, impossibility to face a possible natural disaster and so on.

If this specie ceases to exist, it would be the first primate specie to disappear since 1700…

15 02, 2016

‘We are all completely besides ourselves’ Karen Joy Fowler’s new novel

What is being a human? What makes us human? Have you ever wondered?

Karen Joy Fowler tries to answer these questions for us in her novel “We are all completely besides ourselves“. A book in which the writer comments on our relationship with other species on the planet. A history about pain, love and loyalty between parents and children, between brothers and between different species. Do you want to delve into the world of our closet kin, the ape?

You can now buy your copy at our center and join a worthy cause!

Acquire yours and know the history of Fern, a chimpanzee member of a family of human whose cohabitation becomes untenable and the separation, unbearable. A read that will not leave you indifferent…

11 02, 2016

MONA in the newsstands!

We are very proud to present you our new MONASupport Company: GIDONA’s magazine.

The leading magazine in the regions of Girona has become a communicative partner of MONA, giving voice and visibility to its more than 169,000 monthly readers!!

You can find our section each month, in which we explain everything related to the environment and the world of primates. www.gidona.cat

From MONA, we would like to thank all of the GIDONA team for their support and confidence because it is thanks to people like them that this project is possible.

This month you’ll find us on page 14 talking about Bubbles, the chimpanzee – that Michael Jackson had as a pet during the ’80s.

Does anyone know what happened to Bubbles when the king of pop got tired of him?

See you in the newsstands!

26 01, 2016

Cheeta ‘s first steps!

Being the “new guy” is not always easy. CHEETA however makes it look very easy this time.

When she arrived at MONA she was obviously nervous and confused, but Cheeta swiftly demonstrated that she is a strong and intelligent female, who enjoys every moment of her life. She got quickly accustomed to her new home and after only a few days was ready to meet her new family.

Tico, Africa, Tom, Bea, Nico, Coco, Waty and Victor… by now she has met them all already (one by one) and each encounter was a bit different but to sum it all up… it went very very well. There were a few tense moments, slow approaches due to mistrust but also a lot of playing, laughing and hugging…

But instead of wasting time trying to put it all in words, we suggest you have a look at this video to see for yourself how well her new life at MONA started. And don´t worry, there are many more updated, photos and videos to follow!

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30 11, 2015

How many kilos of bananas fit in a MINI Clubman?

And apples? And oranges? At least 180 kg!

And how do we know that? Because our friends from the # TheComminity (www.thecomminity.com) visited us last November 29th with the new MINI prototype car #MINIclubman.

They gifted us with an incredible amount of material: 180Kg of fruit, a laptop, gallons of cleaning materials, large plastic containers and various tools. What a great start to our Christmas campaign to collect material for MONA!

A big thanks to #TheComminity friends for their support, kindness and solidarity !!

We recommend you all to visit their forum to see more photos and their experience at MONA: http://www.thecomminity.com/comunidad-mini/mini-amp-mona/

photo credits: #thecomminity

28 11, 2015

We have a brand new MONA van

This is MONA’s new van!

And it was Lush was who made it entirely possible thanks to its product”Charity Pot ”

Lush is the fresh handmade cosmetics firm that first of all, protects the environment and believes that a better world is possible.

We want to say a big thank you to Lush for making this dream come true. It’s an amazing feeling to realize that we have friends as Lush, supporting us so strongly… We feel like flying!

Thank you Lush, because with you everything is possible!

22 11, 2015

Thank you Janice, you will be greatly missed

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear friend and dedicated member of our MONA-UK team Janice Wilson. Janice was a tireless animal advocate and joined MONA-UK in 2007. Janice quickly became a respected and essential part of the team in the UK who helped raise funds to support the MONA sanctuary in Spain and also to increase public awareness about the abuse of primates in captivity.

We are honored to have had the privilege to work with her so closely in her tireless battle to make a difference to the lives of primates suffering in captivity. We will never forget you. You are in our hearts forever.