This week’s blog-ette will be on a less serious topic than last week’s.  We’ll travel to Rwanda and monkey around a bit – learning about the Rwanda 1,000 Francs p31a 2004 note featuring the golden monkey in the Volcanoes National Park, as well as the National Museum of Rwanda. Coincidentally, I learned that this coming Monday, December 14th, is National Monkey Day – so this blog-ette is timely!

Having never seen a volcano myself, I was fascinated to find out that this National Park (which is roughly 50 square miles or 125 square km in size) has 5 extinct volcanoes, meaning they have not erupted in the last 10,000 years and are not expected to erupt for at least another 10,000 years.  That’s good news for the endangered species that live in this National Park, the golden monkey being one of them. It’s hard to tell from the picture on the note, but the golden monkeys got their name from having golden/orange colored backs and faces while the rest of their bodies are black. The golden monkeys feed on bamboo, fruit, and other flowers and plant-life, which makes this national forest an ideal habitat for them.  It seems that there are a lot of opportunities to track the golden monkeys if you find yourself in Rwanda – this of course was easier BC (before COVID!). The Volcanoes National Park is a popular tourist destination and a beautiful spot to visit with lush rainforests, bamboo, open grasslands, many species of birds, endangered mountain gorillas (pictured on this Rwanda 5,000 Francs note p41 2014), and other wildlife.  I hope opportunities to travel this beautiful planet will be available again soon, and maybe you’ll add Rwanda to your list of places you’d like to visit!  Send us some photos of your golden monkey sightings if you do go!

Country: Rwanda
Denomination: 1,000 Francs
Pick #: 31a
Year: 2004
Grade: UNC
Coloration: Blue
Depictions: National Museum of Rwanda buildings in Butare; Flying Dove in Green (SPARK); Golden Monkey in Volcaneous National Park
Note Size: 5 1/2″ x 2 3/4″
Continent: Africa
Watermark: Crest