• Species: Black-Handed Spider Monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: July 1, 1995
  • Arrival: July 8, 2006
  • Background: Ex-Pet
  • Character: Curious

Mike arrived at Jungle Friends with his sister, Molly, when they were both about 11 years old. Mike and Molly were kept as 'pets' in South Florida. After the hurricane season in 2004, which tore up their cages more than once, the 'owners' decided that keeping monkeys was too problematic and they no longer wanted Mike and Molly. The ‘owners” called their vet and had both Mike and Molly scheduled to be euthanized! Jungle Friends was called by a concerned neighbor, Kari, our founder, called their vet and asked him not to kill the monkeys; she told him that Jungle Friends would accept both monkeys. The vet was very relieved that he would not have to kill two healthy monkeys, phew!

Mike has a wonderful relationship with his sister; he and Molly are always looking out for one another, sharing their good treats and enjoying long grooming sessions.