Name: Pablo

Species: Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix spp.)

Who is he? The Reformed Rebel

Special skills: Exploring the very tops of the trees and making the most of his prehensile tail!

Adopt Pablo


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 Pablo

Name: Pablo

Species: Woolly Monkey (Lagothrix spp.)

Who is he? The Reformed Rebel

Special skills: Exploring the very tops of the trees and making the most of his prehensile tail!

Pablo is our eldest woolly monkey at the amazing age of 29 and, like Lily, is a direct descendant of Jessie, one of the very first monkeys we ever cared for. He was born at The Monkey Sanctuary in January 1994 and in that time has seen an awful lot change! From our days as "The Woolly Monkey Sanctuary" where his large family dominated the land, to our modern rescue centre that is a home for life to five different primate species with a strict non-breeding policy, Pablo has seen it all! He now lives with Lily and continues to be a reliable, gentle and affirming soul.

For many years, Pablo formed part of a tenacious duo alongside his brother, Pele. After Pele passed away, we were very unsure of how Pablo would adapt, but he surprised everyone by maturing into a kind and sensible male, with his rebellious days behind him.

Woolly monkeys are endangered in their homelands in South America and are at great risk as they are highly specialised monkeys designed to live in the rainforest canopy. They are highly susceptible to environmental changes and therefore deforestation, one of the largest problems in the Amazon in South America, has a huge and devastating impact on their population numbers. Woolly monkeys were very fashionable in the 1960s and 70s as pets and this trade once again dealt their species a heavy blow in terms of population sizes and distributions. The method of capture (which is still the same today) was to shoot at colonies of monkeys, selling the dead adults as bush meat and the babies as pets.

The trade in woolly monkeys in Europe is now illegal, however they are still kept as pets (often illegally) in South America.

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