Goober

  • Species: Brown Capuchins (Cebus apella)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: January 1, 1985
  • Arrival: April 8, 2005
  • Background: Research
  • Character: Explorer

Goober was captured in the rainforest as a youngster; Goober was stolen from the freedom of his natural home and exported to the US where he was sold into research and used in iron toxicity studies. For nearly two decades, Goober lived in the laboratory, all alone in a small cage. Fortunately, after the study ended, Goober and eight other capuchins were retired to Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary. Now the retirees enjoy large, naturalistic outdoor habitats. Goober enjoys exploring his surroundings and really loves to interact with his monkey friends. Goober is a bit fickle though. One moment he might be flashing a bright play-face and the next moment a threat-face. One thing is certain; Goober loves being the center of attention. Goober lives with a monkey who was rescued from a bankrupt roadside zoo. You will find these two monkeys grooming each other or playing throughout the day. We consider the 'play state' the highest state a primate can achieve. Goober and his monkey friends are thoroughly enjoying life at Jungle Friends.

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