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
Lily was born on Saturday 18th October 2014, to woolly monkey Maya; but her birth wasn’t exactly planned! Our Sanctuary has a non-breeding policy for ethical and practical reasons, so we invest much of our resources into caring for rescued monkeys, campaigning for primates and preserving their remaining habitats, rather than captive breeding. Methods of contraception are chosen to minimise health risks to the monkeys and to limit any social disruption, but, as in humans, contraceptive methods are not 100% reliable and along came Lily!
At 22 years old, her mother Maya was quite elderly when she gave birth to Lily, but she did a fantastic job of caring for her and the rest of the woolly monkey colony was besotted from the moment she arrived. Sadly, Maya passed away due to old age related health-problems when Lily was just 16 months old, but happily all of the males want to care for and protect her now. Ivor in particular adores her and the two are very close.
Lily is still learning everything she needs to know about growing up as a woolly monkey and it is great to see her benefitting from a social group, unlike some of our rescued monkeys who have been deprived of this, having being kept as pets. Like her mother before her, Lily is rather spoilt by the other monkeys and her human carers alike! Her favourite activities are swinging around exploring her enclosures and pestering the older woolly monkeys for a good tickling game!