Dumbo

  • Species: Brown Capuchins (Cebus apella)
  • Gender: Male
  • Arrival: October 1, 2010
  • Background: Animal Facility Closure
  • Character: Flirty

Dumbo was among a group of capuchins who had been rescued from a bankrupt roadside zoo. He had been living in an enclosure with 24 other capuchins. We knew the group included a nursing mother and infant, but they were part of a family group occupying a single habitat, so it sounded like a simple rescue. Then things got complicated! We were told all of the males were vasectomized, so it was a surprise when three of the monkeys gave birth! Dumbo and the other males were separated into a bachelor group until they had vasectomies. All the boys recovered just fine and Dumbo is enjoying his beautiful habitat equipped with buckets, barrels and rope ladders with plenty of grass, trees, bamboo and other shrubs. Dumbo is very laid back and likes amusing himself with bugs or leaves. He can often be found napping in the sun or grooming his companion. Dumbo is also very unique in the way that he flirts with other monkeys. While the other monkeys will lip-smack or place their hand over their heart, Dumbo will stand up and rub his belly while raising his eyebrows suggestively. He certainly is quite the seducer.