Elizabeth

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

Elizabeth was among a group of capuchins who had been rescued from a bankrupt roadside zoo. She had been living in an enclosure with nearly 24 other capuchins and she had a baby on her back. The monkeys were anesthetized for transport and when they arrived at the sanctuary we were told the nursing mother woke and she rejected her baby during the long drive. After watching the documentary, Animal Repo, months later, we feel that mother and son were separated during the capture and the baby was put in a kennel with the wrong female. The infant was only a few months old and was nearly dead at the end of the thousand-mile trip to Jungle Friends. Sanctuary staff stepped in to bottle feed and care for his physical needs...and to our delight another young monkey from this group named Monkers stepped up to provide monkey nurturing for the baby, who we named Mochi. Elizabeth and the other monkeys were released into large habitats, giving them plenty of room to forage, play, and meet their new neighbors. Elizabeth has been making friends with all of her neighbors and winning the hearts of staff and volunteers. She enjoys digging in the dirt or sunning herself on a log when she isn’t grooming her new best friend Jersey.

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