Name: Kiwi

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is she? The Tiny Whirlwind

Special skills: Trying to catch the eyes of all the handsome capuchin boys at the sanctuary!

Adopt Kiwi


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 Kiwi

Name: Kiwi

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is she? The Tiny Whirlwind

Special skills: Trying to catch the eyes of all the handsome capuchin boys at the sanctuary!

Kiwi arrived at The Monkey Sanctuary in 2010 along with two other monkeys, including her mother, Gizzie. The small group had been kept as pets in a breezeblock outbuilding for many years. The relentlessly cold and damp conditions had left her with painful arthritis and she was very underweight. However, with specialist care, her health has improved dramatically and she is now thriving. 

Her new surroundings have allowed her natural behaviours to blossom. She loves involving herself in the politics of neighbouring monkey groups and can often be found shouting support (or abuse!) across the enclosures! 

Kiwi has a very strong bond with the other monkeys in her group, and, thankfully, she doesn't really care for human interaction - unless there is a chance of a grape! Kiwi has overcome a lot, and is lucky amongst ex-pet primates to have spent her life alongside her mother - infants are usually forcibly removed from their mothers. She is a friendly and outgoing monkey who loves making new friends to play with!

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