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The Ja­panese ma­caque mon­key en­clo­sure in Launceston City Park is open from 8am-4pm from April to Septem­ber and 8am -4.30pm from Oc­to­ber to March. More: des­ti­na­tion­launce­s­ton. com.au.

draw­ing to watch, with wiz­ened solem­nity, the ram­bunc­tious­ness of the ju­niors. Those who may have reached sec­ond child­hood seem al­ready to have shuf­fled off this mor­tal coil.

Ap­par­ently the cli­mate in Launceston suits the mon­keys who frolic with each other and take the oc­ca­sional dip in an en­clo­sure that em­u­lates their nat­u­ral habi­tat.

I spend al­most an hour watch­ing th­ese pri­mates play­ing happy fam­i­lies and mar­vel at how re­laxed I feel. It costs me noth­ing but my time on a brac­ing Launceston morn­ing, and sets the chat­ter of my own ur­ban mon­key­mind to rest.

Ja­panese macaques at Launceston City Park

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