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Name: Ben

Species: Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Who is he? The inquisitive investigator

Special skills: Opening (and shredding) enrichment

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Adopting

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 Ben

Name: Ben

Species: Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Who is he? The inquisitive investigator

Special skills: Opening (and shredding) enrichment

Ben arrived at The Monkey Sanctuary in January 2022 after being kept as a pet, along 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.

Ben is still young and is therefore full of energy and curiosity! Always on the move, Ben loves to explore and climb as high as he can – something he was never able to do before. He is very cheeky and excitable and he really loves foraging and grooming with his friends. Another favourite and more exciting (for him!) hobby, however, is destroying things! When he is given enrichment, he likes to shred everything into small pieces - even once he is done with the food within!

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 Ben 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.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

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

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