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10 things you didn’t know about Monkeys


Monday 8th February 2016 marks Chinese New Year and this year it’s the turn of the monkey! It’s time to go bananas, our year has finally come! Yes, we know apes aren’t technically monkeys but we don’t like to split hairs (or furs) – we’re all simians so we’re going to celebrate right alongside them.


To mark the start of the Year of the Monkey, we did a little research and found some weird and wonderful facts about our friends that we didn’t already know. Here are 10 facts about monkeys that will make you say “ooooo.”

1. How many?!

There are approximately 260 living species of monkey

2. The food chain

Some of the top predators of monkeys include big cats, snakes, crocodiles and even some eagles

3. From little…

The smallest monkey is the Pygym Marmoset which is less than 6 inches in length

4. To large…

The largest species of monkey is the Mandrill which can weigh up to 110lbs (50kg)

5. To incredibly loud!

The loudest monkey is the Howler monkey, which can be heard for 2-3 miles.

6. Worship

In India, monkeys are worshipped as they represent the God Hanuman.

7. Ape or monkey

You can easily tell a monkey and an ape apart. Apes have no tails!

8. Family ties

A group of monkeys is called a “troop”

9. The old and the new

There are 2 groups of monkey, Old World monkeys that live in Africa and Asia, and New World monkeys form South America.

10. Life span

The life span of a monkey is 10-50 years depending on it’s species


How are you planning on celebrating the Year of the Monkey? Whether you’re monkeying around in the trees or going bananas on the ground, share your ideas with us!

It’s National Gorilla Suit Day.


31st January 2016: National Gorilla Suit Day. It’s a date for everyone’s diary!

It’s the day when men, women and children of all ages don their gorilla suits. It’s one of our favourite days of the year; the day when it’s not unusual to see the office overrun with hairy beasts!

Here at Banana HQ, we’ve got hundreds of snaps of us in our gorilla suits in the archive. The last half hour has had us rolling about on the floor laughing at some of the things we get up to…

Take a look at a few of our favs:

From a gorilla wedding to a sunny afternoon punting on the river Cam, everything seems more fun in a gorilla suit!

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Time to get that dusty gorilla suit out of the closet!

What’s your goal this year?


Goals. We set them almost every day. There’s the classic ‘To Do’ list, our weekly promises to start a diet on Monday (to reach an unachievable weight goal!), those times you tell yourself to waste less time on Facebook (try less than half hour a day!) – and then there’s New Year’s resolutions.Snow2

What makes New Resolutions different?

The start of a New Year is like creating a fresh chapter in your book of life. It’s the time when you can have a real spring clean on you. So get your thinking caps on and take a long hard look in the mirror – what would make you happier? what would make your life more fulfilling?

So what is your goal this year?

Firstly, make them realistic! Going to the gym everyday is not only boring us at the very thought, but it’s also totally unrealistic.
Think specific. If you want to lose weight, tell yourself how much. That way you’ll now when it’s time to celebrate!
One at a time! Don’t think too big – you certainly won’t be able to quit smoking and start a new diet at the same time. You’ll be setting yourself up for a fall very early in the year!

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Here at Banana HQ we like to live out our ethos and create adventurous goals! Here’s what some of the team have planned to see that they’re living life adventurously:

  • Husky racing in Finland – sign us up!
  • Island hopping in Croatia – make sure you come back Hannah…

Why not get your next Go Ape adventure in the diary? We hope living life adventurously is on your radar in 2016!

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