About Monkey Day
Monkey Day was created and popularized by contemporary artists Casey Sorrow and Eric Millikin. It began in 2000 when, while they were both art students at Michigan State University, Sorrow jokingly scribbled Monkey Day on a friend's calendar. They then started celebrating the holiday with other MSU art students.
The holiday gained notoriety when Sorrow and Millikin began including Monkey Day in their artwork and alternative comics that they published online and exhibited internationally along with other artists.
Monkey Day has continued to grow in popularity and its profile has been raised with the support of animal rights and environmental activists.
Monkey Day's list of illustrious celebrants and supporters include Jane Goodall, Greenpeace, National Geographic, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Louvre Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian Institution.
- Did you know? The smallest monkey is the pygmy marmoset. It is only 13 cm (5 inches) tall.
- Did you know? A male capuchin monkey will mate with any female that throws a stone at him.
- Did you know? In 2003, Morocco offered Iraq 2,000 monkeys to help them detonate mines.
- Did you know? The Burmese sneezing monkey sneezes uncontrollably when it rains.