• Species: Weeper Capuchins (Cebus olivaceus)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: January 1, 2007
  • Arrival: September 22, 2015
  • Background: Zoo
  • Health Issues: Psychological Disorder
  • Character: Rambunctious

Cuzco has had a very long and tough journey to Jungle Friends, spanning several continents! He and his family were illegally caught in the wild in 2008. The family of 5 was then packed into a wooden crate without food or water and shipped via airmail to buyers in China. Because they were illegally captured and lacked the proper documentation, Chinese officials were unable to let them into the country. Instead, they sent the capuchins back to their previous destination: Los Angeles. Tragically, when the crate finally arrived in the USA, Cuzco was the only survivor.

However, luckily for Cuzco, San Diego Zoo adopted him and took care of him for 7 years. Cuzco does not like large crowds of people and his keepers at the zoo knew he needs a calmer environment where monkeys, not people, surround him.  Jungle Friends was just the place! He arrived in September 2015 and, although he was a little nervous at first, he has adjusted well to life at Jungle Friends.

Despite his troubled past, Cuzco is an absolute sweetheart and loves to play! He throws his ball around his habitat and hides in bamboo plants all day long! He loves munching on edamame, cracking hard-shelled nuts and chatting with his new monkey neighbors.