• Species: Weeper Capuchins (Cebus olivaceus)
  • Gender: Female
  • Birthday: May 2, 2005
  • Arrival: May 2, 2008
  • Background: Surrogate Child
  • Character: Curious

BamBam was used as a 'substitute child', and had a rough go of it; she was only three years old when she arrived at Jungle Friends. Biting and scratching is natural behavior for a monkey, which led to BamBam’s 30-day quarantine in 2006. Her guardian regained custody, but following a divorce, she had to find a job. She became a truck driver, which allowed her to keep BamBam with her at all times.

Even though BamBam’s guardian structured her life and career around her, it was not enough to make it work. BamBam was confiscated after another biting incident. BamBam was held at Animal Control in Minnesota for five months and faced euthanasia! Fortunately for BamBam, Jungle Friends offered her a safe, sanctuary home.

When BamBam first arrived she was nervous and scared, but within a matter of hours she was climbing in the trees, swinging on the ropes and chattering with the monkeys in the habitat next door. BamBam made friends quickly and enjoys the company of monkeys and humans -- no one passes by BamBam's habitat without a kind word or a special treat for her, she has won the hearts of the care staff.

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