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25 05, 2016

Art month in June, join in on the fun!

It is with great excitement that we are organizing the first ever Art month at Mona! This month of June, the world of art and that of primates will merge into one. Every weekend Mona will organize a different activity during which art and primatology will come together.

What are the activities?

Saturday June 4th:

The prizes of the 1st drawing and painting contest ‘PRIMATES MONA MONTANA’, organized with the help of Montana Colors, will be awarded to the winners.

Who can participate? Children 6 years old and up. Children will enter in different categories depending on their age.

Contest rules available here

Prizes: a bundle of Montana Colors products will be awarded to each winner of every age category as well as a voucher for a free educational visit of the MONA Foundation.

No participation fee

Saturday June 11th:

Naturalist drawing workshop, taught by the illustrator Blanca Martí

Who can participate? All families that register directly at the Riudellots town hall

No participation fee, however, you must sign up for the course. Call 972 477 005 to do so.

Sunday June 19th:

Mona Sketching Day, organized by the illustrator Montserrat Sanchiz

Who can participate? Anyone and everyone who loves drawing! You have to sign up to participate

Read the rules and the program

Access the page of the event directly on facebook

To sign up or get information write to: monaskd2016@gmail.com

Price? 6 euro, guided visit of the sanctuary included

Prizes: every participant will receive a voucher to come back and visit the center. The winners will receive a bundle of Mona goodies and a painting done by one of the chimpanzees here at Mona.

Sunday June 26th:

During an event organized by La Mono Magazine the works of art entered in the lottery will be given to their respective winner.

Who can participate? Each and every one that does not want to miss […]

15 04, 2016

Gorilla. Learn how to count!

One gorilla, two orangutans, three chimpanzees… and you!  Learn how to count with this fantastic illustrated children’s book about primates.

Anthony Browne

To order this book visit our book section on xindria.cat

4 04, 2016

The Orangutan, the voice of the endangered primates

The Orangutan is the voice of the endangered primates. Even with all the conservation campaigns and available information about illegal palm oil plantation, this specie is still a part of the 2016 Red list.

The Orangutan is semi solitary and arboricole, adult individuals live alone once mature enough, but the mothers spend 8 years with their offspring to teach them the rules and dangers of the forest.

They eat more than 500 species of plant! They spend almost all their life in the trees, and have high cognitive abilities comparable to the other great apes; they make tools in the wild and have their own culture! Some techniques have been seen only in Borneo for example, passing their knowledge from one generation to the other. For many reasons, Orangutans remain a mysterious species; they are called the gardeners of the forest, playing a vital role for biodiversity.

With an estimated decline of 50% of the global population during the last 60 years, a loss of 15.5 million hectares of forest (24% of total forest area) was recorded between 1985 and 1997 in Sumatra and Kalimantan…

But helping them is simple: Boycott palm oil products. Look at the ingredients in your food, shampoo, beverage… And make the right choice!

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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