Who is he? The Brave Youngster
Special skills: Always being at the front row at feeding times
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
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- Discounted entry fee to our Monkey Sanctuary
Banjo’s parents Sue and Elvis lived at an Animal Care College, but by 2012 it was apparent to the college that the capuchin group was unsuitable for students to practise hands-on animal care on and Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary was asked to rehome the whole group. Banjo was born at the college as the first of four youngsters.
On the way to his new home in Cornwall, Banjo paid a visit to the Sanctuary’s veterinary for a thorough health check - and to have a vasectomy. The Sanctuary has a non-breeding policy as we do not believe primates should be bred to spend their lives in captivity and at three years of age Banjo was old enough to have the procedure at the same time as his vet check, something which will save him an extra vet trip in the future.
Banjo’s mum Sue is a high ranking member in the group and Banjo has inherited his position from her. He is a naturally confident young male who already shows a great interest in group politics. When the keepers are trying to move members of this group to enable the cleaning routine to take place, Banjo is often acting as helpful “police”; shuffling unwilling members of the group out of areas to be emptied. It is possible that Banjo’s aspirations may put him in conflict with his father Elvis in the future, as male capuchins normally migrate on reaching maturity, but for several years still to come Banjo’s life is all about games and fun with adoring friend Amy and little sister Roccita.