Connie

  • Species: Brown Capuchins (Cebus apella)
  • Gender: Female
  • Birthday: April 9, 1991
  • Arrival: June 3, 1997
  • Background: Ex-Pet
  • Health Issues: Diabetes
  • Character: Peacemaker

Connie arrived when she was six years old. She is the product of a divorce and was not accepting of her guardian’s choice of a new partner. Connie demonstrated her disapproval with vicious attacks and aggression. She was brought to Jungle Friends and socialized with her own species, and now has become the matriarch of Jungle Friends. She always acts as the peacemaker during socializations and has been a good surrogate parent to many of the younger monkeys. Connie was diagnosed with diabetes in November of 1999. Since then, she has had to receive insulin injections, which she receives in her runway by momentarily restricting her movement. Connie is an extremely smart monkey and has learned that the insulin injections go much quicker with her cooperation. Her diabetes most likely resulted from her time being kept as a ‘pet’ -- being fed junk food and not having enough space to exercise or another monkey to groom and play with. Grooming is a natural stress reliever; stress can cause glucose to rise and exercise is vital for a healthy monkey. Connie lives with other diabetic monkeys in a large naturalistic habitat connected via runway to an indoor enclosure where they cuddle together at night.

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