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
Donkey is a shy Barbary Macaque who came to live at the Monkey Sanctuary in 2008, along with his friends, Chico and Mario. They came to us when the sanctuary that they had been living in for a short while was forced to close. He is the oldest of the three macaques, none of whom were fully grown on arrival here, and so all three have reached adulthood during their time in Cornwall.
Donkey was probably born in the wild in North Africa. As a youngster, he was confiscated from a travelling circus in France, where he is believed to have been treated brutally. His behaviour is sadly evident of this. Suspicious by nature, Donkey does not trust humans easily and can be particularly uneasy around children. But his long-term carers have managed to gain his trust, and he enjoys spending a bit of quiet time near his preferred humans when he can. Perhaps because of his particularly traumatic early life, Donkey is socially unskilled and his two group-mates are clearly dominant over him.
Donkey's past is particularly traumatic, but his sweet nature is a testament to his personal strength and courage.
Barbary macaques are native to North Africa. Sadly, they are Endangered, in part as a result of the European pet trade. Barbary 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 Donkey means that you are helping to provide the resources needed to give Donkey the best life possible. Your adoption also enables Wild Futures to continue its vital work campaigning for an end to the abuse of primates in the UK and abroad.