September 25, 2012

Capuchin Monkeys


Five of FAR’s white-faced capuchins were rescued from an abandoned roadside zoo in Sarasota, FL in 2002. Tattoos on their faces led FAR to believe they were former research animals. Only weeks old, HADJI had been stolen before the rescue, but four months later was surrendered to authorities and reunited at FAR with his mother, WENDY. (What a heartwarming reunion that was!)

All of the males were sterilized upon arrival to prevent breeding, but WENDY was already pregnant when she arrived at FAR, resulting in the birth of HARLEY in 2003 (one of very few animals born at the sanctuary since we prevent all breeding at the sanctuary).

DIET: The white-faced capuchins receive 4 pounds of food daily. Their diet consists of special, nutrionally balanced primate biscuits along with fresh fruits, vegetbles and nuts.

SANCTUARY HABITAT: Four separate habitats are connected to one another, where the capuchins climb and play, surrounding a large oak tree. If they are getting along they play together, but are separated into smaller groups if they become aggressive toward one another. Capuchins have a 40-45 year life span.

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Wendy and Sally


Larry, Barry and Chico



capuchin Hadji


capuchin Harley



capuchin Louie


capuchin JoJo

12 thoughts on “Capuchin Monkeys

  • We offer a sponsorship program called an “Adopt an Animal” program, but the animals never actually leave our care. Our monkeys have ben rescued from inappropriate settings such as attempted pets and roadside zoos, and now live in an environment that gives them the dignity they deserve. They have other monkeys as playmates and are not expected to behave in a manner that is not natural for them. They are wild animals and thrive when they are allowed to behave as such.

  • I am recently retired, and looking forward to adopt a capuchin monkey. A prefer female monkey. Can you help?
    Thank you.

  • First of all – we do not adopt animals out, we rescue them from inappropriate situations and provide them with lifetime care. In the wild is where they belong, at a sanctuary with others of their own kind is the next best option. Living in someone’s house as a pet, with no contact with other monkeys (species isolation) is absolutely not what they deserve.

    Second of all – if you do get a monkey, will you be able to care for her for up to 45 years? They live a very long time and there are no promises that they will remain friendly as they mature.

    Please do more homework and learn how the monkey babies are stolen from their mothers to become misguided attempts at house pets.

  • My family and I are looking to adopt a monkey we have a friend that has had one for four years and we have been thinking about it for a while we would prefer a female just because we have four boys and I am a little outnumbered lol

  • We are a sanctuary – dedicated to the lifetime care of wild animals that people tried to keep as pets and discovered that it was not a good choice. Capuchin monkeys require other monkeys as full-time companions to thrive, but still, people try to pull their teeth and keep them solitary so they will remain friendly with humans for as long as possible. This is truly a tragic thing to do and I strongly recommend that you do some research with an open mind. First of all, you will find that all reputable veterinarians are prevented by the AVMA from pulling teeth just to minimize the damage done with a bite (just in case that was on your mind).
    You will also see that, for the first few years, they may make reasonable pets…but they live as long as 45 years and wind up spending the vast majority of their lives in solitary confinement in a cage because they don’t behave like a domestic animal when they are mature. It is painfully unfair to steal a monkey from her mother and expect her to be something she is not. I challenge you to find someone, anyone (who is not trying to sell you a monkey), that has kept a monkey as a pet for its entire life without winding up locking it in a cage, alone, because it became aggressive to humans. Please don’t do this – the monkeys deserve more respect than that.

  • Hi! Where is your sanctuary and would you use a volunteer if close enough? I love these little guys and girls and would love to help and learn. Thank you!

  • We would love to have your help! You can read about our volunteer programs on the “join us” link on our website and fill out an application right there. You will then received emails with available volunteer shifts to sign up to help.

  • We offer sponsorships that we call our “adopt an animal” program, but the animals at the sanctuary stay with us for life. Our capuchins have been rescued from situations that were not ideal for them, primarily because they were failed attempted pets. We strongly advise against keeping a capuchin monkey as a pet because of their complex social and veterinary needs and very long lifespan. They require others of their own kind and more space and enrichment than we, as humans, can provide for them as pets.

  • I think it’s wonderful that you don’t adopt out n keep them in a sanctuary. Whereas I do see some people take very good care of them I understand the fact that they need 24/7 care which some people can provide but also need longevity. I’d love to have one as a lot of people do but understand it’s not fair to the monkeys. Keep up the good work

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