Name: Jackie

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is she? Queen of the Black Capped Capuchins

Special skills: Leading through friendship

Adopt Jackie


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 Jackie

Name: Jackie

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is she? Queen of the Black Capped Capuchins

Special skills: Leading through friendship

Jackie was born in approx. 1988 and was thought by her owner to be a male. She was sold by Stanstead Airport Zoo to a gentleman who wanted to breed from his two female capuchins. For the next 17 years, they lived together as pets in a converted garage with a tiny outdoor space. As her owner believed her to be male, Jackie was known as ‘Jacko'. Unsurprisingly, but thankfully, no babies were ever born to this group and when their previous owner contacted us to take all three on, Jackie's first change was her name! 

On arrival at Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary, Jackie was underweight and displayed neurotic behaviours such has head twisting and pacing, due to being kept in a small space for so many years. Because of an inappropriate and poor diet, she developed type 2 diabetes and needs medication twice daily to control her condition. 

Despite all of this, she settled in fantastically well. Her previous companions have since sadly passed away, but Jackie is a tough and very gentle monkey who has grown her social skills so much since her arrival. She has many friends and is the much respected alpha female of one of our small capuchin groups - with her old life as a pet firmly behind her. 

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