Monica

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

Monica 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 when three of the monkeys gave birth! We were told all the males were vasectomized, so it was quite a surprise -- the males were separated into a bachelor group until they had vasectomies.

Monica, Rachel and her baby Skittles were moved into a habitat on their own where they could care for baby Skittles. Because Skittles was mother-reared, she doesn’t have any of the stereotypical behaviors, like rocking, digit sucking or self-grasping.