The South Carolina Island That's Off-Limits To the Public



When you see monkeys, you might think of some tropical island far away, but there’s one island right here in America that has an abundance of them. About 4,000 rhesus monkeys live on Morgan Island, near the city of Beaufort, South Carolina. They aren’t, however, native to that area. Instead, they were relocated there from Puerto Rico after an outbreak of herpes virus B. Before the monkeys arrived, the island was uninhabited. In case you start thinking it might be a unique place to visit, be aware that it’s illegal for people to visit the island. The ruling is for the safety of the public, since the monkeys are definitely not the friendly kind. Only a handful of researchers from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases have been permitted to set foot on Morgan Island. The 2000-acre island is owned and managed by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.