Name: Banjo

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is he? The Brave Alpha

Special skills: Always being at the front row at feeding times

Adopt Banjo


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 Banjo

Name: Banjo

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is he? The Brave Alpha

Special skills: Always being at the front row at feeding times

Banjo is a member of the Sanctuary’s only natural family group of capuchins, who arrived in March 2012. The group were living at an animal care college in the UK, but by 2012, it had become apparent to the college that capuchin monkeys, as they are wild animals, are unsuitable for students to gain hands-on animal care experience with. So Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary was asked to rehome them all. Banjo was born at the college on 23rd March 2009 - the first of four youngsters.

Upon his arrival, Banjo paid a visit to the Sanctuary’s veterinary for a routine health check - and to have a vasectomy. The Sanctuary has a non-breeding policy as we do not believe that 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 that saved him an extra vet trip in the future.

Banjo inherited his high ranking position, and he is a naturally confident male who has always showed a great interest in group politics. As he has matured, Elvis allowed him greater control within the family group - and Banjo is thriving! 

Ever helpful, when the carers are trying to clear enclosures to enable the daily cleaning routine to take place, Banjo is usually seen shuffling unwilling members of his group out of the areas to be emptied.  

Adopting Banjo means that you are helping to provide the resources needed to give Banjo 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.