Who is he? The Food Connoisseur
Special skills: Eating whatever he can lay his hands on!
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
Caju is a young adult male woolly monkey. Caju comes from a powerful and well-established family group at the Sanctuary and has a brother, Ollie and an Uncle, Pablo to support him in the woolly monkey colony group.
Caju is an up-and-coming young male who is trying to establish his place within the woolly monkey colony; at present he is doing this by testing the resolve of the other males and seeing how far he can try to dominate them before being 'told-off'!
Woolly monkeys are a highly specialised species of monkey that come from the Amazon in South America. There are several sub-species and all of those sub-species are listed as being 'vunerable' to 'endangered'. Some of the main threats to their survival in the wild are deforestation, the trade in primates as pets, and the trade in bushmeat (wild-caught meat). The trade in pet monkeys and the trade in bushmeat often go hand-in-hand as adult monkeys are sold for meat and young monkeys are sold on as pets; all having been caputured violently from the wild.
Woolly monkeys were seen as desirable pets in the 1960s and 1970s in Europe and the Americas, and the fashion for keeping them as pets lead to thousands of monkeys being killed; some shot down in the Rainforest during capture, and many baby monkeys dying in cramped crates being shipped from the Americas to Europe. Most woolly monkeys did not live more than a few years as pets in people's homes either, as being kept indoors, alone and with an inadequate diet gave them psycological disorders and terrible conditions such as rickets, which drastically shortened their life-spans.
Len WIlliams, founder of the Monkey Sanctuary started to rescue and rehabilitate woolly monkeys in the 1960s and the Monkey Sanctuary has continued his work ever since. Although the trade in woolly monkeys as pets has largely stopped in Europe, there is still a trade in the Americas, and many other species of primate are under threat from the pet trade today.
Adopting Caju will help the Monkey Sanctuary to offer Caju the best life we can and help us to continue to campaign to end the trade in primates as pets.