Scar

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

Scar 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! Scar and the other males were separated into a bachelor group until they had vasectomies. All the boys recovered just fine and Scar is enjoying his new-found favorite pastime – foraging in the grass and digging in the dirt. Scar also loves to swing from the branches, and climbing in the trees. Scar is definitely an alpha male and lets everyone know that he is in charge. Although he is one tough monkey, he can also be very sweet. If anyone walks by his habitat, he will follow them, hoping for a treat and making soft cooing noises for attention. Scar enjoys lounging in his hammock at the very top of his habitat overseeing his territory.