Name: Elvis

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is he? The Big Daddy

Special skills: Doing impressive power displays by bouncing furiously on horizontal beams

Adopt Elvis


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 Elvis

Name: Elvis

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is he? The Big Daddy

Special skills: Doing impressive power displays by bouncing furiously on horizontal beams

Elvis is the patriarch of the Sanctuary’s first and only natural family group of capuchins. 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 they are 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. Elvis is the father of all the monkeys born to this group. 

Despite his size, Elvis is a gentle giant and is very kind and calm. Although he lives in his own social group, he loves to chat to his monkey neighbours. He is the father of Banjo and Roccita, and loves spending time teaching them all about the ways of being a capuchin. 

Until recently, Elvis was the alpha of his family group, but he has now taken a step back and allowed his son, Banjo, more influence and control within the group. However, he is still always on hand to reassure and guide Banjo as he learns everything he needs to know about being in charge of a large and dynamic family. Elvis has many years of experience to pass on to his son and is only too happy to help.

Sadly, as with so many of the monkeys we rescue, we don't know anything about his life before the college - but since their rescue they have all lived happily in a large, familial group - similarly to how they would in the wild.

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