Don Knotts

  • Species: Brown Capuchins (Cebus apella)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: January 1, 1987
  • Arrival: April 6, 2005
  • Background: Research
  • Health Issues: Amputee
  • Character: Interested

Don Knotts was captured in the rainforest as a youngster, stolen from his family and the freedom of his native home. Don Knotts was exported to the US where he was sold into iron toxicity research where he spent nearly two decades, in the laboratory – all alone in a small cage. Fortunately, after the studies ended, Don Knotts and eight other capuchins were retired to Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. Now the monkeys enjoy large, naturalistic outdoor habitats. Don Knotts was paired with another male, which resulted in a terrible fight and the loss of his tail. He has since been socialized with a sweet female and the two spend lots of time together, grooming and playing. Don Knotts is very interested in his surroundings and loves to explore. Although less timid and distrustful than when he first arrived, Don Knotts still seems to prefer being in the background and under the protection of his sweet companion who looks out for him.