Monkey Kingdom Primate CenterSmithsonian Primate Research Center
Known formally as the “Smithsonian Primate Research Center" and locally as the Monkey Camp, the Primate Center Lodge is part of the Association for the Conservation of Primate Diversity, under the umbrella of the Smithsonian Institution Primate Biology Program, based in Sri Lanka and the USA. Their studies on the monkeys have been highlighted recently in the movie theater film “Monkey Kingdom” (produced with Disney Nature). The monkeys have also been featured in many documentary films for TV on the BBC, Discovery, Animal Planet and others.
During your visit you will experience the thrill of observing three species of monkeys native to Sri Lanka up-close in their natural forest home. These are the toque macaque, the gray langur and the purple-faced langur. Like humans, monkeys live in families, tribes and communities. They have relatives, friends and enemies, and use a rich repertoire of gestures to communicate. You will see them display care, courtship, passion, cooperation and teamwork, as well as greed, jealousy, aggression, and tribal warfare. You will also see the ecological challenges facing primates in a changing modern environment.