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Monkey World is home to over 240 monkeys, apes and prosimians.  The following are all the species of monkey and prosimian that we currently care for at the park:

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Capuchins

(Cebus apella)

We have 79 capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) at the park.  Most came from a Chilean laboratory in 2008 but several were rescued from the UK pet trade.  They now live in 4 separate groups at the park.

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Common Marmosets

(Callithrix jacchus)

We have 30 common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus) at the park.  They have been rescued from a UK laboratory, the UK pet trade, and some have been born at the park.  Marmosets require a specialised diet and as a result several came with nutritional bone disease as well as poor social skills.  

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Geoffroy's Marmoset

We have two Geoffroy's marmoset (Callithrix geoffroyi) named Fred and Luna.  Fred was born sometime during 2012 and arrived at the park on 05/12/12. Luna arrived at the park at 10 months old at the end of October 2015.  The pair live with Sammy, a female common marmoset.  Sammy has taken on a maternal role and is staying close to Luna. Both Fred and Luna came to us from the UK pet trade.

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Cotton-Top Tamarins

(Saguinus oedipus)

Uncas, the cotton-top tamarin, and his mate, Alice were confiscated from the UK pet trade as they did not have any licences to confirm they were captive bred.  Uncas arrived on 26/02/09 and was in poor condition with a lack of muscle tone, limp fur, and dental problems.  Alice was put to sleep at the end of 2012 as she was very elderly and had become immobile. Uncas spent a couple of years living with other small primates until Hawkeye arrived at the park on 12/02/15. We think he too came from the British pet trade before living at a wildlife park for many years.

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Patas Monkeys

(Erythrocebus patas)

Mica is a female patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas).  Mica (pronounced “Meetza” arrived at the park on 01/09/11 and we estimate that she was born during 1992. She was smuggled from the wild for the illegal pet trade in Slovenia and ended up living with a family for 18-19 years.  Mica had the companionship of another elderly female at the park for two years before she passed away.

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Ring-Tailed Lemurs

(Lemur catta)

We have a group of ring-tailed lemurs at the park, who roam around the Malagasy enclosure.  Malagasy is open to the public (opening times may vary) and so allows visitors to safely walk amongst them.  Most of the lemurs were born at the park, others came from zoos as misfit individuals, and one arrived from the UK pet trade.

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Saki Monkeys

Jethro and Chloe are white-faced saki monkeys. Jethro was born on 23/02/90 and arrived at the park on 10/09/12. He was born in captivity as part of the British pet trade and spent most of his life living with his sister who passed away several years ago. His previous owners contacted Monkey World to see if we could give Jethro a home for his remaining years, with the hope he could live with other primates. Chloe was born on 20/10/92 in a French Zoo and came to Monkey World on 13/04/16 to be a companion for Jethro. They share their home with the Squirrel monkeys.

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Spider Monkeys

We have three spider monkeys. The older male, Hickory, was born in 1992, the female, Pumpkin, was born in 1999 and male Flint was born in 1998. They were all born at a British zoo, but their mothers did not care for the babies. The three monkeys were given to keepers to be hand-reared and remained with their carers until 2012 when their owners had to find a new home for them.

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Squirrel Monkeys

(Saimiri sciureus)

We have 5 squirrel monkeys (Saimiri scuireus) at the park.  Two were rescued from a laboratory in Holland and had never been outside before.  The other 3 are from the UK pet trade.  The squirrel monkeys can now enjoy their outdoor enclosure and spend a great deal of time hunting insects.

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Stump-Tailed Macaques

(Macaca arctoides)

We have 10 stump-tailed macaques (Macca arctoides) who came from two different British laboratories.  The first group we rescued in 2000 had been kept in small individual indoor cages and were used in asthma research.  The second group came to the park in 2010 and while they had never been outdoors in their lives they lived in small social groups at the lab whilst being used in reproductive studies.  The stump-tails now enjoy their natural outdoor enclosures and the companionship of their own kind.

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Woolly Monkeys

(Lagothrix ssp.)

We have 3 groups of woolly monkeys (Lagothrix ssp.) at the park, totalling 18 individuals, that are run by the dominant males Levar, Chippy and Paulo.  The woolly monkeys are part of the European Breeding Program (EEP) and many infants have been born here at the park, some have been confiscated from smugglers, while others have come from other wildlife parks.