Name: Gizzie

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is she? The Grand Dame of the Capuchins

Special skills: Getting extra grapes from the carers!

Adopt Gizzie


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 Gizzie

Name: Gizzie

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is she? The Grand Dame of the Capuchins

Special skills: Getting extra grapes from the carers!

Gizzie arrived at The Monkey Sanctuary in 2010 along with two other monkeys, including her daughter, Kiwi. The small group had been kept as pets in a breezeblock outbuilding for many years. The relentlessly cold and damp conditions had left her crippled by arthritis, barely able to use her hands, and a third of her tail was missing. However, with specialist care and medication, she has improved dramatically and now her condition is carefully managed.

She loves to snuggle up inside a cosy heated room in the winter, and she also loves sunbathing and foraging around in the greenery in the warmer weather. Sometimes her carers really struggle to spot her, as she is very small in size for a capuchin and is easily missed amongst the lush vegetation of her enclosure - she just loves to hunt for snacks! 

She still maintains a close relationship with her grown up daughter, which is rare amongst ex-pet monkeys, as infants are usually forcible removed from their parents shortly after birth. Like her daughter, Gizzie maintains very strong bonds with the other monkeys in her group and, thankfully, doesn't pay too much attention to humans. 

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