The Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal (Ubud) is owned by the village of Padangtegal. Village members serve on the Sacred Monkey Forest’s governing council (The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation). The Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation has historically strived to develop and implement management objectives that will both maintain the sacred integrity of the monkey forest and promote the monkey forest as a sacred site that is open to visitors from around the world.
In 1986, only 800 people per month (on average) were visiting the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal. Today, it is not uncommon for the monkey forest to host 15,000 visitors per month. Although the Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation welcomes the fact that a growing number of tourists are choosing to visit the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, the Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation also recognizes that tourism can have negative impacts on the monkey forest’s natural and cultural resources. As a result, some of the primary objectives of the Padangtegal Wenara Wana Foundation include:
* Educating people about the importance of conserving the Sacred Monkey Forest’s natural and cultural resources.
* Maintaining a team of highly trained staff members that are responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the Sacred Monkey Forest.
* Monitoring and whenever necessary restoring the integrity of the Sacred Monkey Forest’s natural and cultural resources.
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