• Species: Common Squirrel Monkeys (Saimiri scuireus)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: June 1, 2018
  • Arrival: October 2, 2018
  • Background: Ex-Pet
  • Character: Boisterous

Baby Rico was born in Florida, stolen from his natural monkey mom, and then sold, only to be bounced from two other homes until he landed in Vegas! We are very grateful to Frank for contacting Jungle Friends about this tiny baby. He felt that monkeys should not be diapered and kept in cages, but should live with other monkeys.

Rico has been doing fantastic, and all of the amazing Jungle Friends care staff and volunteers took turns around the clock making sure that Rico had his formula whenever he made the tiniest little squeak; Rico was never left alone. At Rico's age, he should be clinging to his mother and playing with other young monkeys in the wild. Although humans are a poor substitute for a mother monkey, we do the best we can.

Rico loves running through his new outdoor habitat and interacting with his neighbors! He is eating mostly solid foods and is being weaned off of the bottle. Please consider sponsoring Baby Rico. Another success story for a little monkey whose life started in the exotic pet trade and ended with an "Almost Wild" life at Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary.