• Species: Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)
  • Gender: Female
  • Birthday: March 14, 2005
  • Arrival: October 29, 2008
  • Background: Ex-Pet
  • Character: Spunky

Mela was purchased by a pair of teenagers in Miami. After a few years they decided to sell her because they were expecting a child and being evicted from their home, so they weren’t able to care for her. She was purchased by a caring woman who was concerned about Mela’s frail appearance. After a year and a half she also realized that she could not care for Mela – Mela needed a safe sanctuary home where she would meet other monkeys.

Mela has positively thrived in sanctuary life! She’s now a very healthy, happy marmoset who enjoys spending as much time as possible outside and with her monkey friend. Mela also enjoys talking to all of her monkey neighbors until it’s time for breakfast, at which point she’ll run as fast as she can to to her food bowl to grab her favorite treat -- a green bean!