Who is he? The Wise Old Man of the Woolly Colony

Special skills: Protecting the colony of woolly monkeys with impressive displays of strength

Adopt Ivor


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 Ivor

Ivor is a adult male woolly monkey. He was born at the Monkey Sanctuary and lives as part of an established social group. Ivor is often easy to see as he likes to demonstrate his strength by shaking the enclosure wire at visitors.

When Ivor was a young baby, his mother died and his sister took on the responsibility of caring for him and raising him. She adopted him, breast-fed him and cared for him as one of her own babies. In childhood Ivor was friendly to humans and enjoyed social contact. When he was still young however, Ivor took a bad fall and broke his leg. He was taken to the vets and had the leg set in plaster. When Ivor rejoined the colony he was rejected by the others because of the strange contraption on his leg. Although Ivor made a full recovery, he never totally trusted humans again and often displays dominant behaviour around them; this is one reason he likes to shake the enclosure wires at visitors; to show them that he is strong, active and in charge.

Ivor is often in the company Lily who he adores the two are very close. He is friendly and polite once he is used to an individual human, but will still not allow humans to think they are in charge at the Sanctuary! He has many ways to make sure of this, as our primate welfare team are well aware!

Adopting Ivor means you are giving staff at The Monkey Sanctuary the resources they need to offer Ivor the best life possible. Ivor is a descendant of woolly monkeys captured from the wild for the UK pet trade and your adoption will also help the Monkey Sanctuary to end this cruel trade.

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