Happy Monkey Day!
December 14th is International Monkey Day.
The holiday started in 2000 and was the inspiration of a pair of students from Michigan State University. When the pair began to include the ‘holiday’ in their artwork and comic strips, other artists took up the idea and played along. Over time, the holiday began to be promoted online and caught the attention of artists and activist around the world.
Although called Monkey Day, the holiday has become a time to raise awareness for all primate related causes. Animal rights organizations, sanctuaries and rescue groups use the day to generate attention to their causes, and to have a little fun along the way. Over the years, numerous artists have produced Monkey related material during the holiday.
Director Peter Jackson, in a nod to International Monkey Day, released King Kong on December 14th, 2005.
Casey Sorrow, one of the MSU students responsible for the genesis of Monkey Day, maintains a blog called “Monkeys in the News.” Check it out for some interesting highlights:
The Monkey Sanctuary works hard to assist primates and has an annual ‘adopt a monkey for Christmas’ program: