Name: Tam

Species: Capuchin (Sapajus spp)

Who is he? The Excitable Chap

Special skills: Being really friendly when he has got himself into trouble!

Adopt Tam


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 Tam

Name: Tam

Species: Capuchin (Sapajus spp)

Who is he? The Excitable Chap

Special skills: Being really friendly when he has got himself into trouble!

Tam was born in 1996 and was sold into the pet trade, along with his brother, when he was still an infant.  Sadly, Tam’s brother died some years ago and he was left living on his own. His owners decided that he would be better placed in a Sanctuary with others of his own kind, and so he made the move from Scotland to Cornwall.

On arrival at Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary, every monkey receives a thorough health check at the vets. Tam’s check-up showed signs of second degree frostbite on his toes, due to him spending a lot of time out in the cold, and he was underweight with poor muscle development due to lack of exercise. Tam’s first month was spent in quarantine, until his medical test results came back clear. This also gave him the chance to get used to the many sights and sounds of his new home and his noisy capuchin neighbours!

Tam is an energetic monkey and enjoys having access to the large, natural enclosures at the Sanctuary, where his curious and friendly nature made it relatively straight forward for him to build up lots of trust in his carers. He has settled into a stable group and has established strong bonds with other monkeys. Tam loves to play with anyone willing, but also enjoys having some quieter moments in his favourite sunbathing spots too. Tam is often easily recognisable to visitors for his friendly nature and beautiful golden coat. 

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