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Monkey Men

Courtesy of Amanbagh Resort

Monkey Men
Amanbagh Resort, Rajasthan, India

Native langur and rhesus monkeys frequently eat the greenery and pilfer spice cookies and “matties,” Indian savory cookies, which are served to guests on their patios at this resort outside Jaipur, the former site of a maharajah’s hunting lodge. So four “monkey men” walk the grounds periodically during the day to keep the plucky primates in check. Though they are armed with slingshots, the monkey men have mastered the call of a dominant male, a scare tactic to shoo them away and shoot seldom just to scare—not to hit or wound. “The monkeys have a healthy respect for our monkey men, and will instantly run away when they catch sight of them,” says Abercrombie and Kent executive Rishi Kapoor.

Where to Spot Them: The cookies are often left on the villas’ terraces, so one can assume that monkeys—and monkey men—are not far away. —Katrina Brown Hunt


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