Job 1988 - 2018

  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: January 12, 1988
  • Arrival: June 28, 2014
  • Background: Research
  • Character: Enthusiastic

Job was orphaned at three days old when his mother died of meningitis at the University of Georgia (UGA). Due to the loss of his mother, Job had to be human reared, which made him more “humanized” than the other six capuchins who arrived with him from UGA.

Job had a very unique greeting towards humans that he liked -- putting his hands over his ears and joyfully screeching. Job lived with his uncle Xavier and they were together since they were both juveniles; they had a great relationship. It is difficult to imagine that Job lived the first part of his life in a lab. From the moment he was released into his outdoor habitat, Job knew exactly how to behave and play like only a monkey knew how. His favorite pastimes where chasing bugs, pulling up the plants and climbing in the bamboo. Job adapted brilliantly to outdoor life at Jungle Friends.

Memorial by Dorothy M. Fragaszy, Professor; Director of the Primate Behavior Laboratory at the University of Georgia: 

Job retired from cognitive research from the University of Georgia along with 6 other capuchins, when he was 26 years old. Job was hand reared for several months when his mother died just a few days after his birth.  When a year old he joined his Uncle Xavier, who was just one year older.   The two lived together for the rest of Job's life. They were exceptionally compatible, playing and grooming one another frequently.  Job was especially drawn to people, loudly greeting familiar people and gesturing his pleasure by presenting his tummy, side, or tail for grooming.  Job enjoyed working on mechanical puzzles and computer tasks during his research years.  At Jungle Friends, Job loved chasing bugs, pulling up the plants in his habitat and climbing in the bamboo. Job passed in March of 2018 after a brief but undiagnosable illness. We were able to keep him comfortable and with his Uncle Xavier in his last days. We all miss hearing our sweet Job’s hoots of joy when we approached. He was a favorite among monkeys and humans.

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