Fiona

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

Fiona was among a group of capuchins who had been rescued from a bankrupt roadside zoo. She 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 monkeys gave birth! The males were separated into a bachelor group until they had vasectomies. Fiona met another monkey at the sanctuary who was retired from iron toxicity studies in a laboratory. He hadn’t been close to another female monkey since he was captured from his natural rainforest home, over 25 years ago! These two monkeys were worlds apart, but found each other at Jungle Friends and are living happily together, foraging in the grass, climbing in the trees and tenderly grooming each other throughout the day and snuggling up at night together for sleep.

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