Adopt a Monkey and help to provide a safe home for life for a monkey in need. visit www.wildfutures.org to learn more about our work, including our rescue and rehabilitation work at the Monkey Sanctuary, Cornwall.
Joey is a black-capped capuchin monkey with a sad past and a much brighter future. He was rescued by the Monkey Sanctuary when his owner abandoned him. Joey had been caught in the wild in South America and transported to Camden Town, London where he was kept in a flat for 9 years.
Joey had been living in a cage measuring 6ft/3ft/3ft and was kept company by a large-screen TV. He was left in the cage for 22 hours every day and due to this lack of exercise, a poor diet, cramped living conditions and lack of sunlight, Joey developed weak bones, a curved, fused spine and other disabilities that mean that later in life he will suffer from osteoporosis and other bone conditions. More disturbingly, when the primate welfare team from the Sanctuary first came to rescue Joey they found him displaying repetitive and contstant sterio-typical behaviours, where he would rock backwards and forwards in distress.
Joey's cage, in which he spent 23 hours a day for nine years leaving him permenantly disabled
Although the Monkey Sanctuary's vets were initially pessimistic about Joey's chances for survival and for the quality of life that he could lead with his disabilities, Joey suprised us all. On the third day he was here in Cornwall he finally emerged tentitively from his indoor enclosure and came out into the outside, feeling the sun on his face and bones finally, after ten years.
Joey will never have the same stamina or abilities as the other monkeys but he can walk, climb, run and jump and is capable of socialising and playing. Now, three years on from his rescue, Joey is living in a large social group comprising of Kodak, Grips, Giz, Kiwi, Josh and Joey. Joey has come so far and now is reaping the benefits of life at the Monkey Sanctuary.
Joey explores a new area of territory for the first time; the primate welfare team at the Monkey Sanctuary added disabled access for Joey all over the enclosures that he now roams freely.
Adopting Joey means that you are aiding the specialist care that Joey needs from experienced keepers and vets. Joey is an example of the damage that keeping a monkey as a pet can do, but he is also an example of hope; when Joey was first rescued his chances for a good quality of life were poor, but now he has a large territory in which to enjoy the sun each day, friends to play with and a good diet to help his bones grow in strength. We could not have rescued Joey if it were not for the support of our adopters and supporters.
As an Adopter of a monkey at The Monkey Sanctuary you will receive:
- A personalised Adoption certificate
- A photo of your adopted monkey
- Newsletters from The Monkey Sanctuary three times per year
- Your monkey's story and updates on their lives at the Sanctuary
- A fact sheet about your monkey's species
- A pass for a year's free entry to the Monkey Sanctuary in Cornwall