Amy 1989 - 2015

  • Species: Black-Handed Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi)
  • Gender: Female
  • Birthday: June 11, 1989
  • Arrival: April 21, 2013
  • Deceased: March 10, 2015
  • Background: Ex-Pet
  • Character: Talkative

A memorial from Don and Carol Velcio (Amy's Humans):
"Although it has been more than 25 years, it seems like yesterday that we first laid eyes on Amy -- a tiny spider monkey with spiked hair and big black eyes, peeking out from under her blanket.
  As our five-year-old son grew over the years, so did Amy, with no apparent sick day in her life.  She loved being scratched, kissed, and groomed almost as much as she liked food (which was a lot).  And she liked sleeping with her teddy bear. 

When exotic animal laws changed in our state, it became painfully clear that Amy would not be able to live out her life with the only family she had ever known.  However, we found comfort when our search for a new home for her led us to Jungle Friends.  Here she soaked up the sunshine and fresh air, roamed a large habitat, interacted with other monkeys of her own kind, and shared her happy chatter with everyone who passed by.

Just two years later, cancer struck like a thief in the night and stole her from us.  Amy now rests in the Magic Forest at Jungle Friends, close to Kari and the many others who loved and cared for her.  We will always miss our sweet Baby Girl with the big black eyes who brought so much joy to so many people.  But we are at peace, knowing that her days spent at Jungle Friends were probably the happiest of her life.  Bless you Kari, and your staff and volunteers, for everything you have done for her."