Who is she? The Cheeky 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 on and Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary was asked to rehome the whole group. Roccita was born at the college and initially named Roccy.
When the family group arrived at the Sanctuary in March 2012, Roccita was still nursing from, and often riding on the back of, her mother Sue. However, being quite a high ranking and confident female Sue is an easy going mother who soon started allowing Roccita more freedom to explore her new home. Over the first months at the Sanctuary we saw little Roccita gaining in confidence and independence whilst learning about the rules of the society she is living in. An interesting lesson happened the day Roccita understood that, despite her smaller size, she is higher-ranking and able to chase off her playmate Amy – especially when her older brother Banjo comes to help her!
Growing up in a group with other youngsters will teach Roccita a huge number of essential social skills that so many of our other capuchins, rescued from solitary past in the pet trade, have missed out on. We are looking forward to witness 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!