SC Monkey's & Coon

By: StormJunkie , 1:33 AM GMT on June 28, 2010

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Wild Monkey's in South Carolina??? Yep! See the pics below.

Morgan Island, SC, aka Monkey Island, is located on the edge of the St Helana Sound in the heart of the ACE basin. This 400 acre island in the Lowcountry is home to almost 4000 monkeys. You heard that right; monkeys! The monkeys were transported to Morgan Island in the beginning in the summer of 1979 from the rhesus breeding colony of La Parguera, Puerto Rico facility of the Caribbean Primate Research Center. Initially 1400 animals were relocated. There are roughly 750 babies born every year on Morgan Island which is why Morgan Island is now home to 4000 monkeys. Morgan Island is now owned by SCDNR (I think...details are hard to come by), but most of the monkeys belong to the FDA or the NIH (National Institute of Health). Again, I think this is the case, but they may actually be owned by Alpha Genesis Inc. The monkeys are used for testing vaccines of various types, including bio-terrorism vaccines.

There are various types of Monkey's on Morgan Island and they run in about 20 packs, or troops, which range in size from 25 to 200 animals. Some of the monkeys on Morgan Island include African Green, Rhesus macaque, Owl, Capuchin, Squirrel, Cynomolgus macaque, and Common marmoset. The animals are fed daily and get there water from what I envision as giant gerbil water bottles. Females comprise about 75% of the total population and average 70% live birth rates. There are roughly 750 babies born every year on Morgan Island which is why Morgan Island is now home to 4000 monkeys.

My trip out there started out as many do, not a monkey in site. For one it is extremely hot and they become less active in the heat. After tooling around the creek for a little while a monkey ran by and swatted a low palm tree. I jerked around and there he was. This was one of only two monkey's that I saw, but I could hear the screeches of many more. One of the more interesting events were the screams and yells that seemed to be coming from underground. It sounded like fighting or violent sex. They were sounds fit for a horror movie. The sounds were coming from the edges of the bank that can be seen in the pictures. Until then, I did not realize that apparently monkeys burrow, but with the way the banks were "talking" to us it became quite obvious they do. Guess it's a good way to stay out of this nasty heat we've been having.

So after lot's of digging, that's all the information I have come up with for now. If I find more information in the next few days I will post it. Enjoy the pics and maybe next time I go out there I will get to see the beaches line with 100's of Monkey's.

Now, if I could just get a picture of the Tybee Bomb ;)
















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28. Patrap
11:54 PM GMT on August 12, 2013



Happy Birthday Ol Man..

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27. RobDaHood
11:30 PM GMT on August 12, 2013
Happy Birthday man!
Hope all is well in your world.
Have a really great year!
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26. seflagamma
3:19 PM GMT on August 12, 2013
Hello SJ,

Hope you are out having a very Happy Happy Birthday today!

Enjoy!!!

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25. Skyepony (Mod)
4:11 AM GMT on August 13, 2012
Happy Birthday:)
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24. palmettobug53
11:20 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Happy B-Day, SJ!

I was thinking about you the other day. Told Doc the same thing but I was thinking about a number of folks here that really haven't been around that much and wondering how they were doing.

Hope life's been treating you well!
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23. DocNDswamp
7:27 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
LOL, time for our annual visit... and I see you update your blog even less than I have, my last being past January... At least your's is more interesting / informative... ;)

So Happy Birthday, brother SJ!
Glad you've had a pleasant weekend and fine day for da celebration... Still partying? LOL...

Oh, this is just too cool a coincidence - more daily, abundant rain we don't need here, as been the case while other areas suffer with drought - just added another .78" amt, which my yearly total in inches rain now matches my age - a tad over 59!

Enjoy the day my friend!
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22. RobDaHood
6:05 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Happy Birthday Man!
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21. seflagamma
2:05 PM GMT on August 12, 2012
Hello SJ and Happy Birthday to you.

Looks like your blog has not been touched since your birthday last year!


I know I already wished you a Happy Birthday over on FB but wanted to dig up your blog and wish you one here too.

So Happy Happy Birthday to YOU!!!


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20. Gatorxgrrrl
12:22 AM GMT on August 23, 2011
Well I had a bobcat in my backyard last week, so that beats the monkey story!! How are you doing???? Maybe Irene will visit SC instead of Fl but I hope she avoids all of us. take care..
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19. StormJunkie
8:25 PM GMT on August 12, 2011
LWF - Funny there was only 1 post between your two posts ;-)

Doc - We'll have to get up one day and do this on Bourbon St!

Barefoot, Bug, & Gamma; always great to see y'all!

Thanks for the BD wishes everyone :-D

Hey there Ogal & Aub :-)

OGal - in the many years it's been there; only one monkey has ever gotten off the island...So I don't think the escape is a big issue. Interesting that they don't venture out though.
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18. auburn (Mod)
6:49 PM GMT on August 12, 2011
Happy Birthday !!!
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17. OGal
6:47 PM GMT on August 12, 2011



John this is so interesting. Could these monkies be caring any diseases? What if they swim to ohter parts of the area and breed, I think this is scary. Keep us up to date on what is going on there.
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16. palmettobug53
4:57 PM GMT on August 12, 2011
Happy B-Day, SJ!
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15. DocNDswamp
4:32 PM GMT on August 12, 2011
Happy Birthday Leo brother SJ!!!

Well, appears I'm a lil slow offering this "back atcha" - I'll blame it on the age difference, us older folks move a little slower these days!

Hope your day is going well,
Enjoy it to the max, SJ!
Hope to chat with ya soon!
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14. tkeith
2:59 PM GMT on August 12, 2011
Congratulations on another trip around the sun SJ :)
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13. Barefootontherocks
1:38 PM GMT on August 12, 2011
Hi SJ,
Happy Birthday!

Also... Saw in the main blog you were asking about who could access your website. I couldn't get there (was it yesterday?) from the link you posted at Masters'. This morning when I click on StormJunkie.com below the pic of "do not feed the animals," your site opens quickly in all its glory with workable links and home page accessible from the links page.

Hope you and your family are well.
Have a great day.
:)
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12. seflagamma
10:23 AM GMT on August 12, 2011
Hello SJ,

I know I already got you on FB but had to do it here also.

Have a Happy Happy Birthday!!!!

Your little boy is growing up so handsome and so fast!

Gams


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11. LakeWorthFinn
7:17 AM GMT on August 12, 2011
Happy Birthday SJ!
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10. mississippiwx23
9:10 PM GMT on August 31, 2010
Moved to the Charleston area back in January...I guess my wife and I will have to get down to Morgan Island. Sounds interesting!
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9. LakeWorthFinn
4:25 PM GMT on August 12, 2010
Happy Birthday SJ, may you live many more to continue your wonderful mission to ease suffering on earth.
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8. tkeith
4:07 PM GMT on August 12, 2010
Happy Birthday SJ :)
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7. DocNDswamp
3:35 PM GMT on August 12, 2010
Looks like we made it, once again survived another year... gaining all that wisdom and such, lol...

Happy Birthday greetings to ya Brother SJ!

Hope your day is enjoyable, will do same here...
Great pics of you and your handsome young lad! Darn he's growing fast... ;)

Hey, and nice informative writeup on the monkeys, quite unique!
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6. seflagamma
12:01 PM GMT on August 12, 2010
Hi SJ,

Happy birthday to you!

Hope you are enjoying your special day!


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5. OGal
11:26 AM GMT on August 12, 2010


Thursday, August 12th, 2010-- You want to balance work with play today, yet you have so much on your plate now that relaxation may have to be postponed. Complaining about your super-busy schedule won't make things any easier. Even if you are feeling lazy, take care of your chores. Instead of seeking ways to escape your responsibilities, find ways to enjoy yourself in spite of them.

Following Rays to wish the happiest of birthdays.


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4. Raysfan70
11:08 AM GMT on August 12, 2010
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday to you,
Happy Birthday dear {{SJ}}.
Happy Birthday to you!!!!

XOXO
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3. SavannahStorm
4:05 AM GMT on June 28, 2010
There actually used to be a small island down here behind Ossabaw that everyone called "Monkey Island." It's labeled on maps these days as "Bear Island." There was a project there in the 1960s and 1970s to see if releasing chimpanzees in the wild on barrier islands was feasible. The chimps did well for the first few years, but the cold winters and food scarcity caused them to die off until they ended the project and sent all the remaining chimps to zoos.
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2. StormJunkie
3:49 AM GMT on June 28, 2010
We'll have to go hunt that thing down one day SS...lol
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1. SavannahStorm
3:35 AM GMT on June 28, 2010
I've been searching for years for that bomb... Still nothing.
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