Monkey Monks were the inhabitants fo the Monkey Monastery. They were very peaceful and concentrated on medtitating. Like traditional Monks, they lived in secret, isolated in a high mountain. When their home was taken over by Riptocs, they refused to fight and asked Spyro to help instead. Something that doesn't go with their peaceful nature is that they did have a cannon although they claimed it was only for shooting confetti at parties.
The Monkeys were very smart and had some technology. They could fly by using blimp like ships. For entertainment they would slide with the penguins or play with the Yetis.
The monkeys were recycled from Agent 9 but with different clothes on.