Mike and I had mentioned to our relatives that we wanted to visit the nearby mountain/nature reserve which is supposed to have great hiking trails and lots of monkeys – also nicknamed by tourists as “Monkey Mountain”. Yesterday they took us to the Shou Shan Zoo located within the reserve. My mom mentioned to our relatives, “No, they wanted to hike and see the wild monkeys” and my relatives said, “Why? They’re mean!”.
So a little something was lost in that communication – but it was probably for the best since I think the hiking trails are probably too much for Jennica.
Overall the zoo was nicer than I expected considering some of the zoos I’ve seen in Asian countries, except for the poor alligator exhibit which looked like an old shallow swimming pool. Oh, and the lonely single African elephant. It also had a water play area but I was unprepared for that so no water for Jennica. She did enjoy the coin carousel though.
Then to my delight – wild monkeys! While I was in the bathroom with Jennica, a large male was watching my family from a tree branch above them. Mike spotted him and warned the others away just before he dropped to the ground and then scampered off. I was sad I missed it but soon after two more monkeys appeared looking for handouts from the zoo visitors. There are also signs all over the place warning you to not have food in your hands because they will grab it directly from you.
I believe these are Formosan macaques. Apparently they cause quite a ruckus at the nearby Sun Yat-Sen University as well – raiding student dorms if a door or window has been left open. Can you imagine having wild monkeys on campus instead of squirrels?! I’m really looking forward to our future mountain hike now….