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
Chico is an energetic and ambitious Barbary macaque monkey who was confiscated as a youngster from a pet owner in Paris. He came, along with his group-mates Mario and Donkey, to live at The Monkey Sanctuary in 2008, when the sanctuary he had been living in was forced to close due to the nationwide 'credit crunch'. All three have grown to adulthood here in Cornwall.
Chico sometimes has a hard time accepting the role of “second-in-command” in his small social group – he wants to be the boss! On any given day, you may see him trying to initiate friendly interactions with Donkey (his only subordinate), or being somewhat overbearing with him – depending on the mood of the day. Chico seems to consider his human carers to be an extension of his social group, and given the chance, will try to use them for social gain in many of the same ways he uses Donkey!
Barbary macaques are native to North Africa. Sadly, they are Endangered, in part as a result of the European pet trade. Macaques are regularly captured as infants and smuggled into Europe, where rescue centres are overwhelmed with demand for housing confiscated or surrendered individuals. Return to the wild is currently not an option for the vast majority of these monkeys.
Adopting Chico means that you are helping to provide the resources needed to give Chico 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.