Name: Lola

Species: Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Who is she? The small but mighty one

Special skills: Grooming her friends

Adopt Lola


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 Lola

Name: Lola

Species: Long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis)

Who is she? The small but mighty one

Special skills: Grooming her friends

Lola arrived at The Monkey Sanctuary in January 2022 after being kept as a pet, along with with three other long-tailed macaques. We do not know fore sure if they are related and had been bred onsite, or if they had all been bought separately beforehand. Their cage was in a back garden, and was about 9m across x 5m back and around 3m high. They had indoor areas, but only one was heated. There were minimal furnishings in the cage and the floor was made of concrete.

Even though she is a Long-tailed macaque, Lola is missing the majority of her tail. This is fairly common within the pet trade, as cages are not often built with safety in mind and their tails can easily get trapped due to their long length. Lola injured hers and then, probably as a result of boredom and anxiety, over-groomed it to the point of it needing to be amputated. This has not held her back though, and Lola spends a lot of time exploring and climbing really high!

Lola is small but feisty. Although smaller than both Floss and Tom, and much lower-ranking, she knows how to get what she wants whilst still respecting the alphas of her group. As the youngest, Lola has a lot of social skills to learn and improve on and she struggles to trust her carers - but we know she’ll flourish with time!

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