Name: Roccita

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is she? The Cheeky Child

Special skills: Working out the politics, allegiances, and hierarchies in her capuchin society

Adopt Roccita


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 Roccita

Name: Roccita

Species: Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

Who is she? The Cheeky Child

Special skills: Working out the politics, allegiances, and hierarchies in her capuchin society

Roccita is a member of the Sanctuary’s only natural family group of capuchins. The group were living at an animal care college in the UK, but by 2012, it had become apparent to the college that capuchin monkeys, as they are wild animals, are unsuitable for students to gain hands-on animal care experience with. So Wild Futures’ Monkey Sanctuary was asked to rehome them all. Roccita was born at the college on 26th June 2011. 

When the family group arrived at the Sanctuary in March 2012, a vet check revealed that she was, in fact, female and she became known as Roccita. Roccita was so young at the time of her arrival that she was still nursing from, and often riding on the back, of her mother, Sue. Roccita was born into a high ranking and privileged position within capuchin society which has given her an advantage over some of the other monkeys who arrive here. 

As she has grown and matured, Roccita has gained in confidence and independence, and learnt all about the incredibly complex and important rules of the society she is living in. Roccita is a feisty monkey who isn't afraid to put even her big brother Banjo in place if he annoys her! Now an adult, Roccita is a resourceful and strong monkey who keeps her family on their toes - and often rules the roost! 

Growing up in a group with other youngsters and close family members taught 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. 

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.


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.