• Species: Brown Capuchins (Cebus apella)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: March 5, 2011
  • Arrival: March 5, 2016
  • Background: Ex-Pet
  • Health Issues: Toothless
  • Character: Curious

On February 26, 2016 we received an email which read, “I came across your website and wanted to find out if you take in monkeys. I witnessed people dump a pet carrier on the side of a highway and decided to make sure nothing was in there, when I approached the cage it was a monkey who was very frightened and bleeding. Everywhere I called would not take him, I decided to try and take him out in a closed area and realized this monkey had no teeth and was definitely abused, with a collar wrapped around his neck and hair missing. I don't want to put him somewhere where they will just put him to sleep.”

Mongo was at a rest stop in Pennsylvania, so Primate Rescue Center was called to assist in Mongo’s transportation to Jungle Friends involving several drivers and a volunteer pilot. He was nearly starving and very frightened, but with plenty of good food and encouragement from the transport team, he was looking better every day. Along the way, he was named Mongo, after a complicated character from the movie "Blazing Saddles".    

One week later, Mongo arrived at the sanctuary receiving reassurance that whatever sad, mysterious circumstances got him to Jungle Friends could be left behind. With two weeks of good food and tender loving care, Mongo is like a different monkey, making happy monkey sounds, climbing and digging in the grass. Most importantly, Mongo is very interested in his monkey neighbors. See Mongo featured in The Dodo here!

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