Confirmed victory

For over 70 years, rhesus monkeys have lived along the banks of the Silver River and Oklawaha River in North Central Florida. The monkeys were introduced into the area by a tour boat operator in the 1930s. Spotting the monkeys can be a highlight of canoe trips in the Silver Springs State Park. The monkeys have lived a peaceful existence in the wild, but the State of Florida considers them to be "nonnative" and allows trapping of monkeys.

Between 1998-2012, approx. 800 monkeys were trapped and removed from the area and sold to research and testing laboratories.

Photo of monkeys at Silver Springs State Park, by Ann E. Hamilton

This petition was delivered to:
  • Florida Park Service
    Donald Forgione, Director
  • Cross Florida Greenway
    Mickey Thomason, Manager
  • Silver Springs State Park
    Sally Lieb, Park Manager


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