Are there monkeys in Hawaii?


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There are no wild monkeys in Hawaii. Monkeys are not native to the Hawaiian islands. In fact, only two species of mammals, the hoary bat and the monk seal, are native to Hawaii.

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Because the island chain is separated from the nearest land by 2,500 miles of ocean, few land animals are native to Hawaii. Most of the land animals presently living on the islands were introduced by humans in the 1800s and early 1900s. Early explorers and settlers brought pigs, goats, sheep, horses, mongooses and various other animal species to the island. Furthermore, there are only five species of reptiles and amphibians that are indigenous to Hawaii.

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