Who is she? The Playful Child
Special skills: Working out the politics, allegiances, and hierarchies in her capuchin society
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
Roccita’s parents, Sue and Elvis, lived at an Animal Care College, but by 2012 it was apparent to the college that the capuchin group was unsuitable for students to practise hands-on animal care with, and so Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary was asked to rehome the whole group. Roccita was born at the college on 26th June 2011, and was initially thought to be a boy. She was given the name "Roccy".
When the family group arrived at the Sanctuary in March 2012, a vet check revealed that she was, in fact, female and so she became known as Roccita, although is still most commonly known by her carers as "Rocci". Roccita was so young that she was still nursing from, and often riding on the back, of her mother, Sue, when they came to the sanctuary. However, Sue is a high ranking and confident alpha female, putting her in a privileged position within capuchin society to be an easy going mother. And so with big brother Banjo around, it didn't take too long until Rocci was allowed the freedom to explore her new home. Over the first months at the Sanctuary, we saw little Rocci gaining in confidence and independence whilst learning all about the incredibly complex and important rules of the society she is living in.
Growing up in a group with other youngsters will teach her a huge number of essential social skills that so many of our other capuchins, rescued from solitary pasts in the pet trade, have missed out on. We are looking forward to witnessing her natural capuchin childhood here and to see how her personality develops as she matures. At this young age, her life is all about discovery and playing games, especially with her older brother!
Adopting Roccita means that you are helping to provide the resources needed to give Roccita 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.