Name: Chanel

Species: Capuchin (Cebus spp)

Who is she? The Princess of The Weeper Capuchins!

Specials skills: Swinging on ropes!

Adopt Chanel


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 Chanel

Name: Chanel

Species: Capuchin (Cebus spp)

Who is she? The Princess of The Weeper Capuchins

Specials skills: Swinging on ropes!

Chanel was forcibly taken from her mother as an infant to be hand-reared and kept as a pet with another monkey named Coco. They were later confiscated after Coco escaped from the dog-kennel they were being kept in. It was found that their owner didn’t have the correct license to keep them, so they both came to live at The Monkey Sanctuary in 2003.

On arrival, Chanel was underweight and extremely frightened. She displayed some of the most severe stereotypical behaviours we have ever seen such as teeth grinding, hand-clapping, and anxiously leaping up and down; all caused by her experiences as a pet. Thankfully, Chanel has greatly improved both physically and psychologically since her arrival, and she now flourishes with the specialist care that she receives. Her friend, Coco, has since passed away, but she lives happily in our very social weeper capuchin group. Always a fan of comfort, her carers find that she is usually the first to bed in the evenings - always with one of her favourite fleecy blankets in tow!

Chanel can often be a timid character, mostly owing to her previous trauma. Around those she trusts, she is a wonderful and fun personality. We are incredibly proud of the journey Chanel continues to be on - she is a shining example of how resilient and strong monkeys are. 

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