Muna the Monkey

Exotic pet trade

In our new piece which is a collaboration with BMCRif (Barbary Macaque Conservation in the Rif) and with the support of Wild Futures and PSGB is about the exotic pet trade. The demand for exotic pets such as reptiles like tortoises and primates like macaques is on the rise. With such animals that are not bred for domesticity and are often wild-caught the welfare in a captive setting is extremely difficult. BMCRif, 2010This can be hard enough for specialists to acheive and is basically impossible for civilians to manage.

The play follows the true story of Muna the Monkey and her friend Ahmed the Tortoise. They are both wild-captured and sold in a market in Morocco. Bought for separate children by a loving grandfather they travel to the UK where they both are not happy in captivity. The story-telling nature of the play encourages the audience to think about the happiness of the individual and how they might see our actions. The play hopes to decrease the demand for an exotic pet.

This play can be shown on its own or with complimenting activities. We can tailor it to different species and different country settings.



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