The Monkeys are enemies that appear in Tomb Raider III. They're not very strong and do minimal damage, if any damage at all, to Lara. They die with only four pistol shots, but have the ability to take any items, including keys, that are laying aroung on the floor, so the player should kill them quickly and reclaim the stolen item. They are quite an annoyance because they usually nick items on the floor which are of use to Lara.
In the Jungle Level the monkeys won't attack Lara unless provoked.
But will attack in the ruins without hesitation