Bongo

  • Species: Brown Capuchins (Cebus apella)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: January 1, 1985
  • Arrival: April 8, 2005
  • Background: Research
  • Health Issues: Paraplegia
  • Character: Persistent

Bongo was stolen from his rainforest home and family and sold into research where he lived for nearly two decades in a small lab cage – all alone. Fortunately, after the iron toxicity studies ended, Bongo and eight other tufted capuchins were retired to Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. Here, they all enjoy large, naturalistic outdoor habitats. Bongo loves his new home and especially loves his special monkey friend KC, who was also caged all alone for 29 years!

Bongo suffered a ruptured disc and suffered from paraplegia, we were told there was no hope by the experts and told to euthanize him. Here at Jungle Friends, we have seen so many miracles, we were not about to give up on Bongo. A Re-Habitat was built to enable him to pull himself around with ropes and ladders moving him through the habitat and to the lowered feeders and automatic waterers. KC nursed him, groomed him and cleaned him all day long, she wasn’t about to give up on her best friend either. Within several months, Bongo was walking, a true miracle monkey!

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