Name: Betty

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is she? The Quiet But Smart Capuchin

Special skills: Finding a quiet spot at feeding times to make sure she gets some nice treats!

Adopt Betty


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 Betty

Name: Betty

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is she? The Quiet But Smart Capuchin

Special skills: Finding a quiet spot at feeding times to make sure she gets some nice treats!

Betty is a member of the Sanctuary’s only natural family group of capuchins, who arrived together 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 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. Betty arrived with two youngsters, Amy and Pepper, but both have since sadly passed away from unrelated health complications. She was a kind and gentle mum who's low ranking status was passed onto her children. 

Following the loss of both Amy and Pepper, Betty's story is of true resilience and strength. Her low-rank has never held her back as she is very smart and she knows how to catch the eye of her carers at feeding times to ensure that she doesn't lose out on any treats! Sadly, as with so many of the monkeys we rescue, we don't know anything about her life before the college, but she is a cheerful and active monkey who loves spending time with her family and joining in the natural politics of capuchin society. They still all live happily in a large, familial group - similarly to how they would in the wild.

Betty has a very sweet nature and loves nothing more than foraging for tasty snacks with her good friend, Sue! 

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