No monkey business! Experience monkeys at close quarters, watch them play and argue, and take part in a feeding session - monkey mountains make it possible. In the large outdoor enclosures, the monkeys live as if they were in the wild and are happy to get close to visitors. The parks also make an important contribution to research and the protection of endangered species. We present three large ape sanctuaries in Germany, France and Austria.
Monkey Mountain Salem
Just a few kilometers from Lake Constance you will find the monkey mountain “Affenberg Salem”. A circular path leads through the home of more than 200 Barbary macaques that roam freely on the grounds. Here you can get very close to the animals, a highlight for young and old. During the feedings twice an hour, one learns exciting information about the monkeys. Together with a herd of fallow deer, a breeding colony of white storks and numerous water birds, the monkeys live in a large forest area almost like in the wild. At the end of an exciting family excursion, the cozy tavern of the over two hundred years old Mendlishauser Hof is a tempting place.
La Montagne des Singes Kintzheim
As at Lake Constance, the Kintzheim Monkey Mountain - Montagne des Singes in French - in Alsace is also home to the endangered Barbary macaques. On the approximately 24-hectare site, these monkeys have the opportunity to retreat off the beaten path and lead a life under natural conditions as in their North African homeland. During the regular feedings, the park staff explain interesting facts about the animals and their behavior. The Kintzheim Monkey Mountain also represents a valuable reserve stock. Due to the close-to-nature husbandry, entire groups can be released into the wild in Morocco and strengthen the highly endangered Barbary ape population there.
Monkey Mountain Landskron
Japanese macaques, also known as snow monkeys, live on the monkey mountain at Landskron Castle by the Lake Ossiach in Carinthia. As the most northerly occurring non-human primates, they are also equipped for the Austrian winter. Unlike the first two parks, Affenberg Landskron is only accessible on a guided tour. This offers an interesting insight into the life of the macaques, who can be observed raising their young and sometimes even swimming and diving. Those who want to spend more time with the monkeys can also take part in a more detailed private tour.