Three hundred monkeys in southern Florida are preparing to stay put and ride out Hurricane Irma in their 15-acre preserve, according to a report.
Zoo staffers spent their week preparing the terrain for the storm, stocking up on food, waters, and other supplies for the primates. Residents of the Monkey Jungle include one gorilla, one orangutan, capuchins, squirrel monkeys, and Java macaques.
Zookeeper Sharon DuMond said that although other animals tend to leave during harsh weather, the monkeys will likely stick around.
"They're very territorial," DuMond told USA Today. "As long as you provide them with food, they're not going anywhere."
If damage is done to their preserve, DuMond said she has contractors on call to come and make repairs.