Feral Monkeys in Texas

Posted by: Chester Moore on November 6th, 2015

In 1995, while spending time in the thorn and cactus-filled wilds of South Texas, I heard a crazy story about a bowhunter who was startled by unusual loud cries coming from the creek bottom he was hunting.

As his adrenaline production went into overload, he pondered what might be making that sound and why it was coming his direction. The sounds got louder and louder, so he readied an arrow just incase.


Suddenly from out of the underbrush walked a large monkey.

It was a shocking sight for sure, but not the monster he had imagined.

There exists an area in the South Texas Plains where a population of Japanese macaques live and they have a long, bizarre story.

We will dig more into this soon here at Cryptomundo and with our Kingdom Zoo research but for now I will leave you with this photo sent in by reader M. Odom to Texas Fish & Game magazine. He snapped this photo of one of the monkeys on his deer lease located near the main population of this misplaced primates.

Chester Moore, Jr.

Chester Moore About Chester Moore
Chester Moore is Editor-In-Chief of Texas Fish & Game magazine. He has won more than 100 awards for writing, photography and conservation and was named a “Hero of Conservation” by Field & Stream magazine. He has 12 published books including has published thousands of articles on wildlife since 1992 including many on the subject of mysterious animals. Chester has appeared on The 700 Club, Animal Planet, The Outdoors Channel, National Geographic and NBC Sports. He is host of “Moore Outdoors” on Newstalk AM 560 KLVI where he has broadcasted for 16 years. He and his wife Lisa founded Children's Kingdom Ministries and operate the Kingdom Zoo: Wildlife Center in Pinehurst, TX in the Orange area.

2 Responses to “Feral Monkeys in Texas”

  1. DWA responds:

    I’ve seen the same in Florida (rhesus monkeys on the Silver River). We have a way of doing this.

  2. marksquatch responds:

    Intriguing! Quite a step up from out of place wallabies and parakeets in the UK.

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