Name: Tom

Species: Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Who is he? The gentle gentleman

Special skills: Foraging (he’s not very good at it, but he tries really hard!)

Adopt Tom


Please note that overseas adoptions cannot be paid for by monthly direct debit. You can pay annually via credit/debit card.


Adopting a monkey with Wild Futures really is a gift with a difference. Whether it’s a gift for yourself or another, you will be supporting the work of our charity and enabling us to protect primates and their habitats worldwide. The monkeys featured in the adoption scheme reside at projects run by Wild Futures. Each monkey is unique with their own characters and personalities so please do check out their monkey pictures and profiles. As a Monkey adopter you will receive:

  • A cuddly monkey toy (optional)
  • Personalised certificate of your adoption
  • Photo of your adopted monkey
  • Your monkey’s story
  • Species factsheet
  • Wild Futures newsletters throughout the year
  • Discounted entry fee to our Monkey Sanctuary

About Tom

Name: Tom

Species: Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Who is he? The gentle gentleman

Special skills: Foraging (he’s not very good at it, but he tries really hard!)

Tom arrived at The Monkey Sanctuary in January 2022 after being kept as a pet, along with with three other Long-tailed macaques. We do not know for sure if they are related and had been bred onsite, or if they had all been bought separately beforehand. Their cage was in a back garden, and was about 9m across x 5m back and around 3m high. They had indoor areas, but only one was heated. There were minimal furnishings in the cage and the floor was made of concrete.

Even though he is a Long-tailed macaque, Tom is missing the end of his tail. This is because, whilst kept as a pet, it was bitten of by another macaque. This is sadly quite common within the pet trade as under stimulation often leads to aggression and boredom. Despite this, Tom has adapted really well and has no problem getting around his enclosures!

As alpha of the group, the other monkeys look to Tom for guidance and reassurance. He is wonderfully calm and gentle in nature and loves to practice his foraging skills. He has a long way to go until he’s as good at it as the other monkeys in the Sanctuary, but his determination means we’re all pretty confident he’ll get there in no time!

Primates are intelligent and sociable animals and being kept as pets is a lonely, under-stimulating existence that can lead to abnormal behaviours. These behaviours may remain with the monkeys for the rest of their lives, but with enough environmental stimulation, social company, and lots of territory space with access to branches and trees, we can help these monkeys recover and offer them a stable, stimulating, and social life at the Sanctuary.

Adopting Tom means that you are helping to provide the resources needed to give him the best life possible. Your adoption also enables Wild Futures to continue its vital work campaigning for an end to the primate pet trade in the UK and abroad.


Our adoptions are purely symbolic, which means you will not receive any real animals in the post! Monkeys are wild animals – not domesticated pets.

The need for rescue and rehabilitation of primates from private ownership:

  • There are at least 5,000 privately owned primates in the UK
  • All monkeys are wild animals and inherently unsuitable for keeping in domestic situations.
  • UK law allows for the legal keeping of primates as pets, despite lack of recognised care standards and insufficient enforcement of licensing laws, leading to many pet primates being kept in inadequate conditions.
  • Lack of adequate species knowledge, diet, veterinary care, social opportunity and space leads to mental, physical and emotional suffering for pet primates.

How our sanctuary meets their needs:

  • We guarantee a home for life for all rescued monkeys.
  • We give individuals the opportunity to socialise and form natural bonds with other monkeys.
  • We provide an expert team of carers with the relevant skills to meet the complex physical, social and emotional needs of each individual.
  • We have a high carer-to-monkey ratio which ensures that all needs are met, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Our charity receives no government funding, so financial support is vital to allow us to continue our important work.

By purchasing a symbolic monkey adoption, you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions.